Urban Renewal, Privatization and the Erasure of Colonial History: The Case of Porto Maravilha and the Expansion of Neoliberal Policies in Rio de Janeiro … (Brazilian Studies Association Conference) (2018)

Abstract

Ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, the port area of Rio de Janeiro was targeted in a mega-urban transformation known as the Porto Maravilha project. As indicated on the website, “in recent decades, cities around the world have awakened to the new paradigm of sustainable development, where the new frontier is the occupation of vacant spaces” (Porto Maravilha, 2013). And indeed in the case of 2014/2016 host communities across Rio de Janeiro even vacant space was found in the sky. Porto Maravilha is one case to examine the influx of foreign investment and multinational companies, such as the Trump Organization and Tishman Speyer, which sought to propose renewal strategies and reinforce the neoliberal tendencies of event-accelerated urban (re)design (Silk, 2014; VanWynsberghe, Surborg & Wyly, 2013). The entire area has since been leased to a private consortium whilst the newly-built Olympic Boulevard now rest upon the largest transatlantic slave port in the Western Hemisphere (Lima, Souza & Sene, 2014). As such, this paper will seek to compare/contrast the “official” narrative of the newly-revitalized port with the never-erasable “unofficial” histories of slavery in Brazil.

Conference website: http://www.brasa.org/brasa-xiii-call-for-proposals.

 

Citation: De Lisio, A. & Sodré, J. (July 2018). “Urban Renewal, Privatization and the Erasure of Colonial History: The Case of Porto Maravilha and the Expansion of Neoliberal Policies in Rio de Janeiro in the Context of Event-led Urbanism” to be presented at the 2018 Brazilian Studies Association Conference (BRASA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.