Posts tagged gentrification
Mark Wigley, the Dean of Architecture at New York City’s Columbia University, repeatedly advocated for more affordable housing in Rio de Janeiro in a debate with Mayor Eduardo Paes hosted by Columbia University at the Teatro Ipanema last Monday, October 28. Approximately 100 guests of Columbia University and the Mayor’s office attended the event, which was closed to the public but broadcast live online to an international audience.
Wigley opened the event with a presentation entitled “Generosity by Design,” emphasizing the need to create and promote generosity within the neighborhoods of cities. The mayor used the debate, organized by Columbia’s new More >
On August 7, 2013, Catalytic Communities‘ Executive Director and urban planner, Theresa Williamson, gave a presentation on land tenure and urban planning in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas as part of a Casa Fluminense event. Here translated is her presentation, looking in depth at favela qualities and the possibilities to preserve them and ensure the sustainable, self-determined development of these communities both in a global context and a local climate of evictions and gentrification.
Contrary to popular belief, we can be well impressed and inspired by a great deal of what we see when visiting favelas in Rio. Numerous community projects exist in which More >
For the original by Guiliander Carpes in Portuguese on Terra click here.
The pacification of favelas in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone has brought greater security to previously dangerous areas. And in the wake of this step forward, prices have increased on these hillsides. Real estate speculation and threats of removal are now obliging (or luring) residents who have roots in the communities to find a new place to live.
When services such as banks, electric utilities and cable TV entered the favela, many people began to feel compelled to leave – because they don’t have enough money to stay or want to make a More >
For the original by Aramis Assis in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
The hyper-appreciation of real estate values that has taken hold of Rio de Janeiro’s major neighborhoods has now reached the pacified favelas, and, surely due to location, is producing vigorous changes in Vidigal. The community, which has had a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) since January of last year, has attracted tourists and investors alike interested primarily in the beautiful views it boasts.
On Monday evening, July 8, residents of Santa Marta added their voices to the ever-growing chorus of favela communities taking to the streets to demand social justice. Their concerns, however, are by no means new. Real estate speculation, rising commodity and food prices, invasive tourism, eviction threats and lack of infrastructure have concerned the community for years. Local organizer Vitor Lira stated that whilst the protest had taken 3 weeks to arrange, this particular battle began 3 years ago. “We are taking advantage of the current favorable environment for our demonstration, but these issues have been a problem for a long time.”
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