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Post-Flood Sports Workshop


"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair." - Nelson Mandela

The goal in Vale do Cuiabá is to build houses on 54.000m2 of donated land for the 61 affected families. There will also be five commercial market spaces. At first, there were no plans for sports facilities. This is where we come in!

Design Brief
Develop conceptual schemes and design recommendations for specific sports interventions and facilities including: a Multi-Use Sports Court, a Playground, Walking/Hiking Trails, Connections to adjacent natural areas, a Picnic Area and an associated Center with indoor and outdoor sheltered meeting space, restrooms, storage for sports equipment and a snack bar/kitchen.

Education Outreach Collaboration
Architecture for Humanity, Alix Ogilvie + Nathaniel Corum;
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Giovanna Carnevali;
Master of International Cooperation, Sustainable Emergency Architecture part of the Erasmus Mundus Program of the European Union, a studio of international architecture students including: Alice Liburdi, Ana Livi, Andrew Benham, Aude Choppinet, Elaine Morales, Gunther Stoll, Katerina Myrizaki, Nazanin Mehregan, Silvia Carolina Aldana Díaz, Sonam Lama, Tommaso Sacconi, Wan Ting Chiang, Ella Chau Yin Chi, Flavia Scognamillo, John Holm, Michela Guglielmi, and Yuya Fukada.

Vale do Cuiabá, Petrópolis - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Why here?
Between January 11 and 12, 2011, 144 mm of rain fell near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The rains led to flooding which led to mudslides which led to landslides destroying an estimated 3000 houses, displacing 100,000 Brazilians and causing over 900 deaths. The precipitation in those 24 hours surpassed the monthly average and resulted in the worst natural disaster and preventable loss in Brazilian history.

The disaster could be considered more man-made than natural. Poor development decisions, such as a lack of disaster planning and a leniency toward development of treacherous, flood-prone land, is thought to have had an equal part in the region's devastation.

Following the disaster, Nike do Brasil committed $100,000 in support of a small sports center in Petrópolis, a community severely damaged by the rains, with Architecture for Humanity. The sports facility will ensure space is protected for public meeting and creative play. As recently demonstrated in tsunami-stricken Tohoku, sports structures support a community's balanced recovery.

Please refer to Rio Floods | Disaster Recovery for information about the Architecture for Humanity project that was the focus of this educational workshop.




Project Details

NAME: Post-Flood Sports Workshop
PROJECT LEAD: Nathaniel Corum and Alix Ogilvie, Architecture for Humanity
LOCATION: Petrópolis, Brazil
START DATE: January 19, 2012
CURRENT PHASE: Design development
PROJECT TYPE: Stadium/Sports Facility
, Master of International Cooperation, Sustainable Emergency Architecture
BENEFICIARIES: 61 relocated homeless families and other community members affected by the Rio Floods of 2011
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: flood and erosion mitigation, water and soil conservation, urban-wild interface enhancement, permaculture-sports integration, forest and wild lands path connections