This studio in Brazil is focusing on the Right to the City and technology. As Brazil gets ready for the World Cup and then soon after, hosting the Olympics, they will come across challenges on how to build these momentous events and also brainstorm how they will create urban inclusivity. Over the period of time between now and till, 2016 when Brazil will host the Olympics, Rio will go through physical transformation of the city, social inclusion initiatives, youth and education programs, and sports promotion.
One big challenge for planning the Olympics, especially is time. Another major challenge is currently, how to construct these buildings and sporting arenas while having the favelas in the center of all this construction. Time is an issue because with all the things that need to be accomplished by 2016, they need to be done quickly and the out come needs to be excellent. The amount of money that is being spent on this miraculous project is unreal. There are many different ways the money is being spent towards these events. A major use for the committee’s money is the cost of venue and infrastructure works, which totals to 11.5 billion USD. Also 2.8 billion USD will be funded by private organizations, with federal, state and municipal government guarantees to cover any funding shortfalls, according to the Rio 2016 official website. Many wonder if these sporting events are even worth it. It has not shown yet, but the London Olympics had an economic impact, and so will the 2016 Olympics. We will be able to see this impact of the London Olympics over a long period of time. It is too early to tell. Fifty thousand jobs temporary and fifteen thousand permanent jobs will be generated form the Olympics-related industries, not including the construction jobs that will be created.
Another issue is going to be transportation. They will need to figure out, and construct transportation systems that will be convenient to take athletes from the airport to their hotels. These hotels will also need construction, with the fact that there are not enough rooms currently for the tremendous amount of athletes that will be arriving. A massive amount of hotels will need to be built. Rio is such a condense, and populated place, that there is not that much free space to build these designs. When constructing these buildings, it is going to effect people that might already be living in that area. An example of these places are known as favelas.
The buildings and sporting arenas that are being designed for construction, for the 2016 Olympics, are going to have to make people in the favelas move. A favela is a term for a shanty town in Brazil, most often within urban areas. With these significant upcoming events, a long term goal for military troops and police is, securing forty slums before the World cup and, and keeping them safe for the Olympics which will occur in two years. These troops and police have organized raids that target to stop crime and violence in the favelas. About one fifth of Rio’s residents live in the city’s one thousand shantytowns, many of them located on steep hills overlooking nice beachside property. The people that live in the favelas want this to be a permanent improvement, as they want to feel part of the city. Whether or not these favelas will benefit from these raids is still undetermined, but if they do the best they can, they will be able to create a safer and cleaner environment for those who live there, and for those who will soon come to visit.