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Archiprix 2020
Addressing multidimensional conflicts between polarized communities in Rio de Janeiro

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Cover - Strategic design - case Curicica
Felipe Chaves Gonzalez (author)
This project is part of Archiprix 2020

Situated in Rio de Janeiro, the project addresses the market-oriented development and elitist policies that forged a fragmented territory of polarized communities. It advocates for an alternative development process that can promote the integration and empowerment of vulnerable groups in the city.

The city is fragmented by multidimensional borders – ideological, spatial, economic, ecological and institutional – that increase the exposure of vulnerable groups to risks and uncertainties.

What if these communities could participate and be integrated in the city’s development process? How can spaces of co-production enhance the adaptive capacity and promote the integration of vulnerable contexts in Rio de Janeiro?

The proposed strategic plan is an assemblage of four context-specific strategies: Social empowerment, Ecological capacitation, Public space and Housing. These are articulated by independent, yet supplementary actions, that exhibit spatial, functional and institutional opportunities for an alternative development process.

The design, conceived as an open project, is not stagnant nor does it intend to provide a definitive solution. Instead, it presents opportunities that can be shaped by local communities and institutions according to their own conditions and demands.

Compiled into an action book, the project becomes an instrument to support local collaborators in co-producing spaces of potentiality - stimulating the dialogue between top-down and bottom-up approaches