Some Olympic venues have become withered husks – but it’s not all bad news.
Brazil’s favelas are famous, but so are its ambitious efforts to bring roads, water, electricity, and land rights to its informal urban settlements.
For decades, Brazil has worked to improve conditions in its poorest neighbourhoods: building roads, drainage, lighting, and safer housing. Will budget cuts end its ambitious slum-upgrading efforts?
A candid assessment of the impact of the games, from an academic on the ground.
Urban planning was once an Olympic event, although the first gold medal – awarded to Germany’s Alfred Hensel for the Nuremberg stadium – turned out to be an unfortunate choice.
Imagine cities competed to eliminate hunger, poverty, unemployment, crime and greenhouse emissions, and to offer housing and transport for all. Don’t scoff – urban planning was once an Olympic event.
They’re a global phenomenon – but gangs are so varied that they barely merit the same name.
New York, Berlin and Paris have all suffered some ill effects from online rental platforms – without proper regulations, Rio could follow.
Why we should stop panicking about whether the Olympic venues will be ready and start thinking about the long-term impacts of construction.
There are benefits to hosting the Olympics - but when it comes to culture, there’s no mega-event like Carnival.
Residents of Rio’s favelas are facing forced evictions – but they’re not moving out without a fight.
In preparing for the World Cup, Brazilian police have embarked on a process of cleaning up the country’s poorest neighbourhoods, known as favelas.
Brazil is famous for many things: samba, football and beaches, but also its favelas, the poor neighbourhoods that encircle its cities. These areas are often on invaded lands in middle and upper-class neighbourhoods…