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Complex is Beautiful

By URBZ User Generated Cities (Mumbai) published on 23 dec. 2013. One of the most unbearable aspects of Brazilian “favelas” is the paranoia that surrounds them. That paranoia creates an extraordinary sense of distance, a psychological firewall of fear between “favelas” and the “asphalto” – as the people on the hills call the concrete city […]

Marketing in de Favela

Door: Ellen Sluis De favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Vroeger onbegaanbaar terrein voor de Braziliaanse overheid en de private sector vanwege de gewelddadige confrontaties tussen de heersende drugsgangs en de militaire politie, bekend uit films als Tropa de Elite en City of God, maar sinds ruim twee jaar gezien als goudmijn met miljoenen potentiële consumenten […]


favela tourism as a means of reclaiming space

By Emily LeBaron  some thoughts swirling around my head this morning: from what i’m hearing and seeing, favela residents in Alemao feel their communities have been invaded and taken over by UPP/BOPE forces. in this sense their daily experience is a military/political occupation, and a dispute over space. but while many external to the favleas […]

The “Telefairy Tale” of Complexo do Alemão

On March 23 I wrote one of my first blog posts about Complexo do Alemão and the occupation. I wrote about the cable car (Teleférico) that is a project of the government’s PAC program and built as a new form of public transport within the community. Supposedly it would improve the mobility of the community […]