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Wait&Shop The plane, configured as a 3-D roof, provides shade and a place to display one's wares. The pocket does duty as a public square where the market and other events can be held.
Wait&Shop The plane, configured as a 3-D roof, provides shade and a place to display one's wares. The pocket does duty as a public square where the market and other events can be held.

Collect&Craft Materials are collected in the wall, which rises higher than the Linha Vermelha and can be seen by passing motorists. At the lower edge is an open-air workshop where waste is processed into precious objects.
Collect&Craft Materials are collected in the wall, which rises higher than the Linha Vermelha and can be seen by passing motorists. At the lower edge is an open-air workshop where waste is processed into precious objects.

Cultivate&Enjoy A grid consisting of wooden pallets presents a plane connecting two pockets where vegetables, fruit and herbs can be grown.
Cultivate&Enjoy A grid consisting of wooden pallets presents a plane connecting two pockets where vegetables, fruit and herbs can be grown.

An interdisciplinary partnership between public and private players is essential if Urban Tactics is to succeed. Individual players can contribute to getting the micro interventions set up. This provides a catalyst for the local community to develop it further. From top to bottom: local groups and clubs, Petrobras, local workers, Cidades Sem Fome, architects and urban designers, Light, Rio é light, UFRJ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, sociologists, artists, including media artists, riocenacontemporanea, Caixa, Escola de Belas Artes
An interdisciplinary partnership between public and private players is essential if Urban Tactics is to succeed. Individual players can contribute to getting the micro interventions set up. This provides a catalyst for the local community to develop it further. From top to bottom: local groups and clubs, Petrobras, local workers, Cidades Sem Fome, architects and urban designers, Light, Rio é light, UFRJ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, sociologists, artists, including media artists, riocenacontemporanea, Caixa, Escola de Belas Artes

Urban Tactics is based in part on seven portraits of residents. One of them is Roberto Sa, owner of a metalwork shop specializing in cast iron in the Rua Figuera de Melo. 'This place is ideal for us, we can work here the way we want to and use the space we need without being hampered by rules.'
Urban Tactics is based in part on seven portraits of residents. One of them is Roberto Sa, owner of a metalwork shop specializing in cast iron in the Rua Figuera de Melo. 'This place is ideal for us, we can work here the way we want to and use the space we need without being hampered by rules.'


Section through and perception of the levels of the Linha Vermelha.
Section through and perception of the levels of the Linha Vermelha.




PROJECTINDEX
HONOURABLE MENTION
URBAN TACTICS
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
URBAN DESIGN

'When I think of Rio de Janeiro,………..'
Micro interventions designed for the dilapidated neighbourhood of São Cristóvão in Rio de Janeiro are to get its development under way from the inside outwards through resident self-organization.
Rio de Janeiro is dominated by megaprojects. With urbanization ever on the increase, the need to provide facilities for dwelling, recreation and mobility is often sought at a metropolitan scale. This puts the received urban fabric in second place and has a negative effect on social and residential conditions. Some places in the city slip from view as sites lacking potential. And yet these places buzz with local activity and ventures. Here, a self-organized urban culture is emerging. This final-year project seeks to fuel discussion of this phenomenon and determine how design tools can facilitate this self-organization.
Lying outside the old town centre, São Cristóvão has since 1990 been sliced through by the Linha Vermelha, a gigantic two-level motorway on stilts. With its fine particle pollution, limited daylight and noise, the area in the vicinity of the motorway has little to recommend it. All the same, residents and small businesses have developed tactics to live or at least survive in this 'invisible' zone. In metropolitan terms, the Linha Vermelha is a crucial project and is not likely to be wiped from the map. The sheer scale of its planning, draped as a new layer over the existing city, is well served by area development from the inside outwards.
The structure of 'pockets', open places in the fabric, is stitched to the covered street below the Linha Vermelha. This gives a secondary urban structure and new spatial continuity. The proposed micro interventions stimulate the process of self-organized urban culture. As the urban culture unfolds, daily life in and along the covered street will improve.
The transition between the covered street and the pockets in the urban fabric provide the groundwork for the secondary structure. To achieve this, the project deploys an open design vocabulary that besides spatial and supportive elements gives a perspective on local collaborative ventures. At all levels, the design steps off from the construction of the motorway. Its basic unit is a plane with a facility such as water, electricity or storage space worked into it. The plane can be mounted into the pocket as a floor, a wall or a roof, depending on the potentials on site. Three best-case scenarios kickstart the process of self-organization and the arrival on site of the new structure. A strip emerges containing an array of types of public or semi-public spaces and a strong local economy. In this way, the invisible places and the activities attendant on them gradually establish their validity beside, along, above, on or below the received megastructures. This response enriches the 'invisible city' in a physical sense without sweeping away the received social structures.