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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 & [...]

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 [...]

Why We Should Call them Favelas

Rio’s favelas are some of the most written about, scrutinized, and studied low-income communities in the world. Yet in this constant, often well-meaning spotlight, favela [...]

RioOnWatch: Our Community News Site

As Rio de Janeiro prepares for the World Cup 2014 and 2016 Olympics, the city is undergoing rapid urban transformations. Private investment, construction and infrastructure [...]

Brazilian Popular Architecture

Vernacular and indigenous architecture, building solutions that can be found in the favelas as well as elements from modern and contemporary urban [...]
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