Brazil: Brazilian Urbanism: Past, Present, and Future

Brazil: Urbanism



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January 3 & January 4 (on-campus classes)

January 6 - January 15 (dates abroad)

Program Description

Information Session
Info sessions for this program:

Wednesday, Mar. 22
12:00pm-1:00pm
WSQ 218

Wednesday, Apr. 19
12:00pm-1:00pm
WSQ 218

Wednesday, May 10
12:00pm-1:00pm
WSQ 218

Tuesday, Jul. 18
12:00pm-1:00pm
WSQ 218

Thursday, Aug. 31
12:00pm-1:00pm
WSQ 218
 
 

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Brazil is a rapidly developing nation with more than 200 million people. This course will introduce students to a variety of topics related to urbanism in Brazil. We will explore Ouro Preto, a UNESCO World Heritage Center filled with colonial-era buildings and plazas, which is struggling to balance tourism management and historic preservation objectives. Next, we will visit Rio de Janeiro, recent host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. There are many lessons to be learned from the city's experience in planning for mass visitation.


Students will start their exploration of Brazilian urbanism in the city of Ouro Preto, first settled by Portuguese colonists in the 1600s who exploited the region's gold reserves. Students will explore colonial-era architecture, meet with federal university architects and urban planners, and take part in a service learning project in Veloso, a favela north of the city. Next, students will travel to Rio de Janeiro where they will meet with the city's planners to learn about urban issues facing this megacity. Topics will include planning for the 2016 Olympic games, adaptive reuse of Olympics venues, infrastructure improvements to support mass tourism, and explorations of Rio's favelas, botanical gardens, and the city's huge tropical forest park.

Activities include:

  • Working alongside Brazilian faculty & students on a service learning project to improve environmental conditions in Veloso, a favela in Ouro Preto.
  • Meetings with local city planners to discuss urban transportation networks and land use management.
  • Seeing where the 2016 Olympics had occurred and learning what happens after the Olympics.
  • In Rio, visits to a botanical garden, one of the world's largest urban forest parks, and Christ the Redeemer Statue.

 

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