Brazil is a country of city dwellers undergoing radical
transformation: over 85 per cent of the country s citizens live in
cities and over 40 per cent of the population live in metropolises
of more than a million people. Whereas previously urban growth had
been ad hoc, preparation for the FIFA World Cup in 12 cities across
the country in 2014, and for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic
Games in Rio, changed all that. Several Brazilian cities have
proactively invested in infrastructure and the public realm. And a
number of projects by international starchitects have heightened
interest in Brazil from architects and urban practitioners abroad.
The failure of public authorities to meet their ambitious
aspirations for the sporting mega-events sparked a series of street
protests across the country under the banner of the right to the
city , beginning in 2013. For Brazil, this was an entirely new
phenomenon, one which has unveiled the potential for bottom-up
influences to effect urban change. The focus of this issue, though,
is on design projects that contribute a strong sense of place to
their respective cities, highlighting also the integration of
landscape design in urban planning and community interventions that
seek to address the enormous disparity between the lives of the
country s rich and poor. Contributors: Ricky Burdett, Thomas
Deckker, Gabriel Duarte, Sergio Ekerman, Nanda Eskes and Andre
Vieira, Alexandre Hepner and Silvio Soares Macedo, Circe Monteiro
and Luiz Carvalho, Joana Carla Soares Goncalves, Jaime Lerner, Ana
Luiza Nobre, Justin McGuirk, Francesco Perrotta-Bosch, Maria do
Rocio Rosario, Fernando Serapiao, Guilherme Wisnik Featured
architects: AECOM, Biselli Katchborian, Brasil Arquitetura,
Santiago Calatrava, Studio Arthur Casas, Diller Scofdio + Renfro,
Herzog & de Meuron, Vigliecca & Associados
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