Posts tagged Vidigal
On Sunday November 10, 2013, residents of Vidigal came together for a day-long celebration of local culture. Organized by Vidigal CriAtivos, a local artist collective, the Cultural Fair included organizations´ stands about ongoing projects while samba and capoeira groups provided entertainment in the center of the square. Later on, musicians, dancers, actors and DJs performed on stage well into the evening with community members of all ages able to participate throughout the day. The first event of its kind, organizers are considering making the Cultural Fair a monthly festival to further unite Vidigal residents.
The event is part of a series of More >
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 >
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 Tuesday evening, June 25th, in a climate of ongoing demonstrations across Rio de Janeiro–where both incidents of police brutality and acts of vandalism have been widely reported–the murmur among some residents of Rio’s elite South Zone neighborhoods was that Rocinha was going to “descend on the South Zone.”
There was heavy police presence in front of the Sheraton Hotel and Governor Sérgio Cabral’s apartment in Leblon prior to the demonstration, which was organized by residents of Rocinha and Vidigal. And yet, the protest of around 2,000 people remained peaceful and festive throughout, with no incidences of vandalism or police repression. “I think More >