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Thursday, August 25 • 09:00 - 09:45
Olympic Exhale: Housing, Social Justice & Local Futures LIMITED

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Housing, Social Justice & Olympics: Global Legacy, Local Futures

The city of Rio de Janeiro has spent billions in anticipation for upcoming mega-events. This spending is called “Building the City” by many, but unfortunately has been largely done without prioritizing the needs of Rio’s citizens. While this has been felt throughout the city and across socio-economic lines, the most devastating outcome of this “Building the City” has been widespread housing removals and destruction of many favela communities. In some instances, the government has offered alternative housing for families. While this can be seen in a positive light, it does not address the real issue here: the collapse of communities in which experiences and memories are created, and through which people identify themselves.

Being outside of the formal sector, people living in favelas have constructed their houses, their surroundings, their realities, and their communities themselves, together, for themselves and for each other. That is not something that can be recreated by a social program. To tear these communities apart is to violate the human rights of those who created and are living in them. It is urgent that these violations be addressed, not just for the sake of those who face removal, but also for the integrity of the city as a whole.   

Join this timely discusson as new voices are heard and we seach for integrity moving forward. 

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Edgard Gouveia Jr

Visionary & Mobilizer, Play the Call
At 6’7”, Edgard Gouveia, Jr. towers over most people. An early career in professional volleyball in Brazil, his native country, was soon exchanged for training at the University of Santos in Architecture and Urban Planning. Upon graduation, he and his colleagues co-founded the Elos Foundation, an architectural firm dedicated to community activism. Pursuing their social mandate, they founded the Warriors Without Weapons program in... Read More →

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Rosangela Lisboa Batista

CIEDS, Rio de Janeiro and Caps III João Ferreira
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Jessica Glass

Co-Chair, Mega Events & Thriving Cities
Jessica Glass has been researching the impacts of mega-events on cities in Rio de Janeiro since 2013. She initially traveled to Brazil to investigate changes occurring in the city due to upcoming mega-events, and how they were impacting local citizens. Through the years, she has come to understand the urgent nature of housing removals, which is the focus of her doctoral research. She has been interviewed for the BBC radio program... Read More →
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Theresa Williamson

Editor-in-chief / founder, RioOnWatch / Catalytic Communities (CatComm)
A serial award winning author, urban planner and citizen media champion, Williamson has worked extensively around forced evictions as Rio prepared for the World Cup and the Olympics. Theresa is widely published in Progressive Planning, Journal of Urban Technology, Cidadania.org, The New York Times, and quoted by The Guardian, the BBC World, Al Jazeera America, NPR, and more. Awards: 2005 Gill-Chin Lim Award, 2012 National Association of Housing... Read More →

Thursday August 25, 2016 09:00 - 09:45
Ballroom Museu de Ciências da Terra Av. Pasteur, 404 Urca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ CEP 22290-255

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