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Rio de Janeiro
Urban Expansion and the Environment

ISBN 9780367031039
Published July 5, 2019 by Routledge
182 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Using Rio de Janeiro as the case study city, this book highlights and examines issues surrounding the development of mega-cities in Latin America and beyond. Complex dynamics of urbanization such as mega-event-driven development, infrastructure investment, and informal urban expansion are intertwined with changing climatic conditions that demand new approaches to sustainable urbanism. The urban conditions facing 21st century cities such as Rio emphasize the need to revisit urban forms, reintegrate infrastructure, and re-evaluate practices.

With contributions from 15 scholars from several countries exploring urbanism, urbanization, and climate change, this book provides insights into the contextual and environmental issues shaping Rio in the age of globalization. Each of the book’s three sections addresses an interdisciplinary range of topics impacting urbanism in Latin America, which will be accessible to researchers and professionals interested in urbanization, urban design, sustainability, planning, and architecture.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

  1. Introduction: Rio de Janeiro - urban expansion and environment
  2. José L.S. Gámez, Zhongjie Lin, and Jeffrey S. Nesbit 

  3. The impact of future sea-level rise on Rio de Janeiro: a geological perspective
  4. Scott Hippensteel

  5. One Katrina every year: the challenge of urban flooding in tropical cities
  6. Fernando Lara

  7. Changing informality: gentrification of favelas in Rio de Janeiro
  8. Zhongjie Lin, Fernando Diniz Moreira, and Aline de Melo Nascimento

  9. Staging the city, transforming the slum: festifavelization in Rio de Janeiro
  10. Malte Steinbrink and José L.S. Gámez

  11. Barra da Tijuca: urban planning challenges in a global suburb
  12. Lawrence A. Herzog

  13. The elite enclave of Barra da Tijuca
  14. Alexandra Silva de Almeida

  15. Costa, coast, and clay: a modern grid revisited in Rio de Janeiro
  16. Jeffrey S. Nesbit

  17. Barra Olympic Park project: notes on the design process, games and legacy
  18. Henrique Houayek

  19. Urban projects for resilience in flooding areas
  20. Erika Brum and Maria Fernanda Lemos

  21. Mixing modernisms and measuring climate literacy: Costa, Burle Marx, and Rio's ecological design challenges 
  22. José L.S. Gámez

  23. Climate adaptation in Rio: promoting the resilience of the west zone coastal area of Rio de Janeiro

          Maria Fernanda Lemos

  1. Urban planning for resilience: thoguhts on lessons learned from projects for Rio's western area

Rafael Saraiva



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José L.S. Gámez is the Associate Director of the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a founding member of the School’s Master of Urban Design program. His research explores cultural dimensions of architecture and urbanism, and it has appeared in The Journal of Urbanism and The Journal of Applied Geography, as well as the books Vertical Urbanism: Designing Compact Cities in China, Writing Urbanism: A Design Reader, Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, and Latino Urbanism: The Politics of Planning, Policy and Redevelopment.

Zhongjie Lin is an Associate Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former Director of the Master of Urban Design Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a co-founder of Futurepolis, an award-winning international design practice. His books include Kenzo Tange and the Metabolist Movement and Vertical Urbanism, among others. He has received several prestigious awards for his research including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, an Abe Fellowship, and Graham Foundation grants.

Jeffrey S. Nesbit is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a research fellow in the Office for Urbanization. He is founding director of the experimental design group Haecceitas Studio and former director of Seoul Studio, a design research program in South Korea. His research focuses on the evolution of the urban landscape through the lens of historical technology, political uncertainty, and environmental unpredictability. He has written extensively on infrastructure and urbanization and is the editor of Chasing the City: Models for Extra-Urban Investigations.