Community Center


To Add Public Spaces to Brazil's Favelas, First You Have to Find Space

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October 14, 2011
Building a community center in a crowded, flood-prone Brazilian favela.

In the compact and crowded slums of Brazil, public space is a relative term. Children play in and out of front rooms and walkways, entrances to apartments often require trips through the homes of others, and parks are practically non-existent. Where there’s space to use, it’s used for housing, even in unsafe places. But when landslides wipe these homes out, or floods destroy them, an opportunity arises.