Fair Play - Rio de Janeiro

Olympics as catalyst for a socio-spatially inclusive city; graduation project MSc. Urbanism TU Delft 2013


For many cities in the world, the use of the ‘Mega-event strategy’ aims on helping them tackling economic, social and environmental issues. This project focuses on the 2016 Olympics and how it can act as a catalyst in transforming Rio de Janeiro into a more socio-spatially inclusive city. For that, the district of Barra da Tijuca is chosen, one of the most socially exclusive areas of Rio and where most Olympic-related infrastructure was built. The chosen strategy combines two main systems that complement each other. The Green-Blue system binds together existing and new recreational natural areas with the purpose of upgrading and protecting the region’s ecosystem and at the same time providing Barra da Tijuca’s inhabitants and visitors with more large scale public spaces for social activities. The Red-Gray system combines the upgraded transportation and road infrastructure with existing and new centralities where social inclusion is stimulated through the introduction of new social functions and facilities, such as affordable housing and small scale public spaces. A spatial intervention is proposed on one of the five new centralities, where a low income community is disregarded and threatened by the Olympic plan. Special attention was paid to the transition zone between this community and the new mid-high income mixed use area to be built after the Games.