Slums on agenda

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In a much needed attempt to overcome one of the city's biggest problems, the Rio city council has launched a massive new push to 'urbanise' all of the metropolitan area's favelas, a term incorporating both slums and shantytowns, by 2020.

Significantly, one of the initial aims of the project is to open up new, safe and accessible public spaces, such as parks and sport facilities, in light of short term requirements involving preparations for both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics. The 'Morar Carioca' (loosely: Living in Rio) programme is the result of a partnership between the city council and the Rio chapter of the Architect's Institute of Brazil and has an estimated budget of R$8bn. The aim is to integrate the city's 625 favelas with 100 residents or more into the urban structure, which would affect more than 260 thousand residencies. In associated news, one of the first key works for the 2016 Rio Olympics will soon get underway, with a public park to be built in the western part of the city. Proximate to the main Olympic site in the Barra district, the park will be set up for casual sport and leisure as well as major musical and cultural events, included the next Rock in Rio concert, scheduled for 2011. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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