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Solution for Favelas - A Global Challenge and Opportunity

The Challenge

Slums or "favelas" are a distinguishing feature of the world’s "megacities." Caracas, Hong Kong, Manila, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro would be different places if slums were not part of their landscapes.

Slums or "favelas" are a distinguishing feature of the world’s "megacities." Caracas, Hong Kong, Manila, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro would be different places if slums were not part of their landscapes.

To improve local communities, build open plan cultural spaces composed of multiuse green spaces, libraries, entertainment venues and meeting halls.

Include museum-concept buildings located within the community space that show the history of the place, the important events that shaped its development and the memorable people who lived there. This will counteract the well-documented memory loss and learning disabilities associated with living in violent environments.

Building such community spaces ("agoras") implies the challenge of relocation of displaced residents. To locate these agoras in a nonintrusive manner, obsolete infrastructure could provide the vacant spaces in cities. The example of Bogota’s gondola system, which incorporated housing units in the stations for dislocated residents, could be transferred to community spaces. To minimize the emotional and psychological effects of dislocation, the units are designed to emulate cluster-style housing and include modern infrastructural amenities (electricity, water, sanitation, etc.).

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    Foster a greater sense of self-determination and choice by initiating "grassroots" discussions and local group decisions to promote change and involving professional intermediaries to communicate the community's agenda.

    Foster a greater sense of self-determination and choice by initiating "grassroots" discussions and local group decisions to promote change and involving professional intermediaries to communicate the ...

    Foster a greater sense of self-determination and choice by initiating "grassroots" discussions and local group decisions to promote change and involving professional intermediaries to communicate the community's agenda.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Expand public transport systems to enhance social inclusion and improve employment opportunities for residents living in disadvantaged neighborhoods; and provide job-specific training to local residents to build these systems.

    Expand public transport systems to enhance social inclusion and improve employment opportunities for residents living in disadvantaged neighborhoods; and provide job-specific training to local residen ...

    Expand public transport systems to enhance social inclusion and improve employment opportunities for residents living in disadvantaged neighborhoods; and provide job-specific training to local residents to build these systems.

    Polity, Business