As you may have gathered from the photos we’ve recently posted on our Facebook page, our students have been hard at work for the past few weeks preparing their proposals for the Rio Post-Floods workshop led by Nathaniel Corum of Architecture for Humanity.

Set within a larger government housing project for 61 families in Vale do Cuiabá affected by last year’s devastating floods in Rio de Janeiro, the goal of our masters students, in partnership with Architecture for Humanity, is to create a sports facility within the program that acts as a stimulus for community cohesion and recovery. The design brief for the facility calls for a multi-use sports court, a playground, a picnic area and an associated center with indoor and outdoor sheltered meeting space, restrooms, storage for sports equipment and a snack bar/kitchen–all connected to existing community buildings and adjacent hiking trails and natural areas.

Project proposal by Gunter Stoll, Alice Liburdi and Nazanin Mehregan

You can browse through our student’s initial site study and proposals, posted at Architecture for Humanity’s Worldchanging, previously the Open Architecture Network.

As of next week, the students will be on site in Petropolis, Brazil, gathering first-hand knowledge of the characterstics of the site, the local community and the local project team, in order to refine their proposals. Stay tuned, as they will be reporting their daily experiences and project updates on our blog!


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