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Rio de Janeiro Urban Expansion and the Environment

Edited By José L. S. Gámez, Zhongjie Lin, Jeffrey Nesbit Copyright 2020
    182 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.

    List of Figures

    1. Introduction

    2. Jose Gamez, Zhongjie Lin, and Jeffrey 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 Moreira, and Aline Nascimento

    9. Staging the City, Transforming the Slum: FestiFavelization in Rio de Janeiro

    10. Malte Steinbrink and Jose Gamez

    11. Barra da Tijuca: Urban Planning Challenges in a Global Suburb

    12. Lawrence Herzog

    13. 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 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 Palma Pereira and Maria Fernanda Lemos

    21. Mixing Modernisms: Urban Design in the Era of Climate Change

    22. Jose Gamez

    23. Climate Adaptation in Rio: Promoting the Resilience of the Western Zone Coastal Area of Rio de Janeiro Maria Fernanda Lemos

    24. Urban Planning for Resilience: Lessons Learned from Projects for Rio’s Western Zone

    Rafael Saraiva




    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.