Morro Dona Marta


Laura Hochhäusl

Transforming spatial manifestations of current urban policies in Rio de Janeiro

 

With the growing urban population on earth also the number of people living in shantytowns is increasing. The possibility of slums being the future city of tomorrow obliges architects to concern with this topic. However, the global phenomenon of slums cannot be faced by generic approaches, but asks for specifically elaborated methods based on local knowledge.
The area of investigation of the project is the Morro Dona Marta, a slum in the city of Rio de Janeiro. 25% of the population of Rio de Janeiro live in favelas - the Brazilian shantytowns. The thesis attempts to analyze and understand the particular living condition in the favela Dona Marta. An urban proposal is formulated taking in consideration the favelas specific dangers and weaknesses, but also its potentials and prospects. The interplay within the permanently alternating built structures; its infrastructure and topography thereby play an important role.

Interventions that have been implemented by the federal urban program PAC - Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento (program to accelerate growth) are rethought critically and transformed in order to meet the needs of the inhabitants better. The thesis points out a range of possible interventions that could contribute to a long term modification of the favela as a whole and that should be elaborated in detail with the local community association and fundings of the PAC program.

Advisors: Nasrine Seraji, Markus Vogl, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

Morro Dona Marta


Laura Hochhäusl