- Rio de Janeiro's port area transformations for the mega-events: history, urban regeneration and grassroots creative experiences   click here to open paper content424 kb
by    Sarayed-Din, Luiza Farnese Lana & Ahmad, Faizah Binti & Zainol, Rosilawati Binti | luiza.sarayed@siswa.um.edu.my   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
Presenting Rio de Janeiro’s port area urban regeneration for the mega-
events and how grassroots creative experiences have been handled and coped
with that, this paper advances in the urban regeneration discussion and
potential of learning from creative urban experiences in inhabited
historical land within ‘Global South’ cities.
In the context of city transformations related with hosting the Olympics
2016 and World Cup 2014, this paper aims to present the huge urban
regeneration process that is taking place in Rio de Janeiro’s port area.
Particularly focusing in describing how some grassroots creative urban
experiences, which for a long time were the few initiatives that have
encouraged the dialogue between this forgotten area and the city, have been
handled and have coped with all this transformation.

Despite being forgotten by the governmental for more than fifty years, Rio
de Janeiro port area has always been one of the most dynamic spaces in the
country and was in this area that one of the most diverse population have
lived [i.e.: African slaves, Portugueses, Spanish, natives] mixed and
create things such as the samba. Throughout the last thirty years, some
creative urban experiences developed by the people who live and use that
area were the main connection between this historical area and the city.
For instance, the creation of a samba group called ‘Escravos da Mauá’ that
attracts to the port streets more than 1500 people every month for 23

Having in mind the postcolonial urban studies claim of an urban theory able
to learn from the cities everywhere (McFarlane, 2011; Robinson, 2006, 2011)
and conscious of the role of creativity in the city-making (Landry, 2008),
the history of the area and current situation will be addressed through the
description of this urban intervention, called Porto Maravilha Project.
Based on the analysis of official documents and ten days of observation and
application of semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, this
descriptive effort advance in the discussion about the revitalization
process and the potential of learning from creative urban experiences in
inhabited historical land in other cities of the ‘Global South’.
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