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The Rise and Fall of Rio de Janeiro: Lessons Learned

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, Room A712, New York, NY 10011

A conversation with Eduarda La Rocque, Former President of the Instituto Pereira Passos, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Despite the many efforts in making Rio de Janeiro more sustainable, the city is currently facing a crisis of deep negative impacts in social, urban, economic, and political terms. Today, the improvements in quality of life have reverted to 2010 levels, when the city won the bid to host the Olympic games. What happened? Before the crisis, the city was on the right path towards sustainable development with efforts such as Rio Resiliente, UPP Social and Pacto do Rio. Lessons should be learned from the road that led to this crisis. The knowledge produced by previous efforts is valuable and could be used to the city's advantage for a faster recovery.

Presented by The New School's Observatory on Latin America (OLA). 


Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Observatory on Latin America


Cities and Urbanism


Schools of Public Engagement, Parsons School of Design


International Affairs and Development





Additional Details

Participants are invited to read a paper prior to the meeting: La Rocque, Eduarda and Shelton-Zumpano, Petras, (2014), "The sustainable development strategy of the municipal government of Rio de Janeiro", Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Tinker Foundation Citizen Security Papers. (view in English; in Portuguese).

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Getting Here

Detailed Directions

By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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