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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 [...]

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 [...]

Journalist Support

There are many important and fascinating stories to be told in Rio today. Many involve the city’s favelas. Yet rarely are community voices represented. This is partly due [...]
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