Posts tagged Tijuca Forest
For the original by Thiago Jansen in Portuguese for O Globo click here.
In addition to being a Comlurb employee, Alexandre is a pai-de-santo (male priest of Umbanda, a primary Afro-Brazilian religion), and approaches his work with naturalness.
RIO—His name is an actor’s name. His nickname, a singer’s. Thus, his holiness could be no other than the hunter of axé (energy) Oxóssi, Afro-Brazilian diety of abundance, linked to the arts. Known as Emílio by his work colleagues—for his likeness to the musician Emílio Santiago who died last year—the city street sweeper Alexandre Borges, 31 years old, is famous in the Municipal Urban Cleaning Company of More >
Vale Encantado, a tranquil favela located in the heart of the Tijuca Forest, has developed a creative solution to ensure the historic community’s future development in light of limited public investments: residents are working to create a model of sustainability for favelas across Rio and beyond.
Vale Encantado has been a model in sustainability for many years, and their efforts are always expanding. The community grows much of their own food, and has installed solar panels in one home with the hopes of expanding the project throughout the community. The Vale Encantado Cooperative, headed by Otávio Barros, runs an eco-tourism business, More >
As the rain started to pour on Tuesday evening, May 28th, around 80 residents from the Horto community protested at the gates of Rio’s Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens) where the opening of world famous photographer Sebastião Salgado’s latest exhibition was taking place. Undeterred by the ensuing downpour, residents and supporters banged drums and held their banners high. “To brand as invaders the people who built this park is inhuman” read one held at the entrance to the famous visitor attraction.
The community of Horto can trace its history back to the 15th century sugarcane plantation that occupied the land before it More >
View original article in Portuguese here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
The Cultural Heritage Committee of UNESCO, the body that designates monuments and other historic places as World Heritage Sites, this Sunday (July 1) recognized the cultural landscape of Rio de Janeiro as a World Heritage Site.
In its application to UNESCO, Brazil’s National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (Iphan) outlined the area from Copacabana, in the city’s South Zone, to the far west of Niterói, encompassing More >
Nestled amongst the trees in the Tijuca Forest—the largest urban forest in the world—lies a community where the forest has grown around the houses and residents care for it, creating a natural and hidden refuge from the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro surrounding below. The community of Vale Encantado, or Enchanted Valley in English, began over one hundred years ago as a rural community where residents worked on nearby farms and plantations. Later on, the land nearby was used as a stone quarry which closed in 1962. Today it is a community determined to survive under the gaze of More >