• Case study

    Porto Maravilha: Urban Waterfront Revitalization

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    With the impetus of rising real estate prices, a series of world-class mega-events, the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro, and continued economic growth, the City has cooperated with the federal and state governments, private interests, and the local community to create the extensive Porto Maravilha (Marvelous Port) project to revitalize the area. Porto Maravilha aims to increase the number of residents in the region and provide new commercial and industrial space in a sustainable, equitable, and livable way.

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    Morar Carioca "Verde": Greener Development

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    The Rio de Janeiro Municipal Secretariat of Housing (SMH) made respect for the environment a core principle of its interventions in the "favelas" (slums) of the City. To further promote this principle, SMH is piloting a "green" ("Verde") approach to the Morar Carioca program in the South Zone favelas of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira. With "Verde," SMH has sought to incorporate sustainability into each step of the project.

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    Morar Carioca: Integrating Informal Settlements

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    Municipal services, including infrastructure, education, and health, have not traditionally reached these favelas, as they have not traditionally been zoned as official parts of the City. However, the Morar Carioca Program, also called the Municipal Plan for the Integration of Informal Settlements, aims to provide integrated development and services through the Municipal Secretary of Housing (SMH) to incorporate these areas into the more formal communities that they generally border.

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    Certificates of Potential Additional Construction (CEPACs) are a method of leveraging private dollars to finance public investment in neighborhood revitalization through a process of rezoning and construction permit auctions. Through rezoning and the sale of CEPACs, the city raises the funds for upfront construction costs, long-term maintenance, and other priorities, such as historic or cultural preservation.

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