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Cities Are Where the Action Is, Post-Rio

Cities Are Where the Action Is, Post-Rio | green streets | Scoop.it
Representatives of the worlds' cities came to Rio in June for a series of events focused on the problems pressing in on the burgeoning urban population.

Two months after the UN’s landmark conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, has anything changed?

For many, the official document that was a principal outcome of “Rio+20” is an extreme disappointment – little more than a reaffirmation of the problems and desires stated at the first Earth Summit in Rio 20 years ago, with no firm commitments, no tangible goals and no timetables.

Its defenders note that the document, titled “The Future We Want,” sets the stage for further deliberations on a set of sustainable development goals, and that it makes important statements about protecting oceans, providing people access to energy, and establishing human rights to food, safe drinking water and sanitation...

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Designing an Olympic Village with a green afterlife for Rio 2016

Designing an Olympic Village with a green afterlife for Rio 2016 | green streets | Scoop.it
The winning design of the Olympic Village for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio call for a green neighborhood to replace the village when the games end.

To host the Olympics cities must make a hefty investment in new Olympic-specific infrastructure. These Olympic villages are intended to accommodate a surge of people during the 16-day event, but then the space goes empty.

So when Rio de Janeiro was considering designs for their Olympic village for the 2016 Summer Olympics they were looking for one with an eye towards the city’s post-Olympic future. The winning design, by the British firm AECOM, does just that. The design will transform the area into a green neighborhood by 2029.

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Green Building in Rio's Favelas | The Rio Times

Green Building in Rio's Favelas | The Rio Times | green streets | Scoop.it
Recent reclassification and investment in some of Rio's sprawling favela communities has the green building industry gaining momentum in Brazil.

The term ‘green building’ is most commonly referring to sustainable building practices and environmentally conscious construction, wide-ranging concepts including everything from energy efficiency to waste management. Recent reclassification and investment in some of Rio’s sprawling favela communities has the green industry gaining momentum in Brazil, alongside the U.S., Israel and China.

“We’re talking not just about potentially transforming the lives of those living in the favelas, but about improving the lives of Brazilians everywhere,” says Jonathan Kendall, co-founder of green consultancy Rio Energy Consulting.

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