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Contemporary Urbanism BrazilBeyond Brasilia$
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Vicente del Rio and William Siembieda

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032818

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032818.001.0001

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Upgrading Squatter Settlements into City Neighborhoods

Upgrading Squatter Settlements into City Neighborhoods

The Favela-Bairro Program in Rio de Janeiro

(p.266) Chapter 12 Upgrading Squatter Settlements into City Neighborhoods
Contemporary Urbanism Brazil

Cristiane Rose Duarte

Fernanda Magalhães

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the Favela-Bairro Program, an urban intervention program launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1994 to upgrade squatter settlements into city neighborhoods. It evaluates the effects of the program on its communities and the city as a whole and describes the primary urban design of some specific favela projects. The findings reveal that through Favela-Bairro alone cannot fix the housing problem in Rio de Janeiro, it was successful in consolidating a new type of governmental policy toward the favela, one that considers it a legitimate housing and urban alternative. In addition, it has also introduced into the Brazilian public arena several steps toward better low-income housing policies and actions.

Keywords:   Favela-Bairro, urban intervention, squatter settlements, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, low-income housing, favela, city neighborhoods

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