What is a favela?

What is a Favela? [ANIMATED VIDEO]

July 19, 2016–Catalytic Communities launched ‘What is a Favela,’ a short animated educational video describing the historic and socio-cultural basics of [...]

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 [...]

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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