Reclaiming City Image and Street Livability

Vicente del Rio

in Contemporary Urbanism Brazil

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039275 | DOI:
Reclaiming City Image and Street Livability

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This chapter discusses the concepts behind Projeto Rio Cidade, an urban redevelopment program launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1993 to revitalize commercial corridors and neighborhood centers through urban design interventions. Despite in rapid implementation and unusual methodology, Rio Cidade has had positive results and repercussions in Carioca daily life. It has achieved four great improvements in city life and design. These include the consolidation of the role of public urban space in providing sites for recreation and socialization and the promotion of a “culture” of urban projects that revitalize and transform the urban image.

Keywords: urban redevelopment; Rio Cidade; Rio de Janeiro; Brazil; urban design; public space; socialization; recreation; urban image

Chapter.  7612 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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