Published on September 17, 2014
On October 5, 2014, Brazil will hold national and state elections. These elections, coupled with the award to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, makes visiting Brazil relevant for the study of urban transformation. Many observers of Brazil note that this nation of 200 million people has now arrived “onto the world stage.” One of the goals of this research study is to add to the small quantity of English language scholarship on Brazilian urbanism. Brazil has a long history of strong public participation to inuence political and social change. Public places have been integral in providing space to facilitate these changes. Yet, these spaces are becoming increasingly rarer in cities throughout Brazil. Our lm highlights public spaces in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo before they are completely lost. It also exposes the hostility that arises from a “city of walls.” It further showcases the differences in the treatment of public space between these two metropoles. A supporting catalogue describes the observed trends.