• Local kids in favela

    2014 Update & Next Up in 2015

    As 2014 draws to a close, Catalytic Communities would like to express huge thanks to everyone who has made our work possible during this important year for Rio and its favelas. The World Cup brought unprecedented international attention to [...]
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    And the 2014 Rio Raffle Winner is…

    A HUGE thanks to all who supported Catalytic Communities through your recent donations and participation in our 2014 Rio Raffle! Because of your support, we raised an incredible $24,247 from 641 different people in 28 countries on ALL 6 [...]
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    Rio Favela Facts

    URBANISM Favelas are places increasingly recognized by planners and architects for their: Low-rise, high density development Pedestrian orientation High use of bicycles & public transportation Mixed use (homes above shops) Residence close to [...]
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    Qualities of Urban Informality

    By 2050, around one third of the world’s population is expected to be living in informal settlements.  The processes of informal production have an essential role in growing cities around the world, as rural to urban migration continues at a [...]
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    CatComm Co-Organizer of Debate on Water

    On Tuesday, April 15, a forum focused on water and sanitation was hosted in Morro da Providência with six panelists consisting of community members, technical experts, and NGO representatives discussing the challenges of improving water access and [...]