New Media


Call for research proposals on Favela Urbanism and Sustainable Development

Barraco #55 is receiving research proposals on favela urbanism and sustainable (economical, social and ecological) development in the context of a Favela. Researchers, students and artists are invited to explore topics on art, popular culture and cultural heritage, tourism, technology, culture-led regeneration, favela-urbanism/integration, socioeconomic inclusion, ecology, qualities and potential of the favela, community organization and resistance and (new/alternative) economies, […]


Cinemoto I: screening in Complexo de Alemão

After almost 2 weeks in Rio’s Complexo de Alemão, we figured it was about time to get some action. Although we’re still trying to figure out the best way to work and live together, we are getting a little closer to what we are aiming for every day. Over a beer and some fried fish, […]


Opening Up de Favela: Locality in the ‘pacified’ favelas in Rio de Janeiro

The ‘pacification’ of the favela Complexo do Alemã0 in Rio de Janeiro has caused many changes in the everyday lives of the residents. A territory that used to be occupied by drugs gangs is now being (re-)taken by the Brazilian state through the occupation by the army, in order to increase security in these areas, […]


Digital Gateway to the Complexo do Alemão

After the occupation of Complexo do Alemão in November 2010 – until then considered one of the “most dangerous” favelas of Rio – there is an increased interest from actors (public, private and non-profit) outside of the community. Especially digital technologies play an important role in this process. Community residents have recognised the interest from […]


Mapping a Divided City

On April 26th BBC News reports on Google’s agreement to amend its maps of Rio de Janeiro after complaints by media conglomerate Globo. “Favelas, sprawling shanty towns which are home to tens of thousands of people, are a defining feature of Rio. But the Globo newspaper said their labelling on the map and the absence of […]


Favela Fever

Two weeks ago someone told me about the cable car (Teleférico) that was built in Complexo do Alemão after the occupation. From that moment it got my attention. I was curious to know more about such an installation as a means of public transport. Just imagine using a cable car as your daily way of […]