Rethinking the Future of Housing Worldwide: Favelas as a Sustainable Model with Theresa Williamson

Republished from Shareable

Could Rio’s favelas offer a sustainable housing model for cities around the world? What are the impacts of over-policing black mobility in the U.S.? Are $16 tacos leading to gentrification and the emotional, cultural, economic, and physical displacement it produces? These are just a few of the questions we’ll be exploring in the next season of the Cities@Tufts Virtual Colloquium.

September 15, 2021 | 12-1 PM EST | Watch the event here

Informal settlements, such as Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, are not new and they’re not rare. Today, one in three people in cities lives in an informal settlement and 85 percent of all housing worldwide is built illegally. By 2050, nearly a third of humanity will live in urban informal settlements. How can we value informal settlements around the world and integrate them on their own terms into our urban planning practices? Could this search lead to a sustainable urban future? This talk will introduce strategies employed by grassroots NGO Catalytic Communities, in over twenty years supporting Asset-Based Community Development together with Rio de Janeiro favela organizers.