Design Research Studio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Studio is part two of a two part research study into waterfronts in Brazil. Please visit fish to birds to see the part one.

Many cities around the world, including London’s Canary Wharf, Barcelona’s 1992 Olympics, Melbourne’s Docklands, Melbourne’s Birarungmar, and Sydney’s proposed Barangaroo to name a few, are in a perpetual state of renewal. The city of Rio de Janeiro realises it has an opportunity to develop its redundant waterfront as a means of rejuvenating and redefining itself. It, and Brazil, are preparing to host the 2014 World cup, and then in 2016 the city plays host to the Olympic games. The studio considered the city as a living thing in a complex ever changing world of rapid urbanisation. It required a line of enquiry of which some of these questions were; "what are the potentials of this project, how do you grow a city, could this site be a park and what kind of park could that be, what relationship is to be constructed between the water and the city, who will inhabit this site, and how will this redefine the city?"

The work below is from some of the students who participated in the studio.

Paul Ahern and Nikki Hill, Jenna Emmanouilides and Francisco Illescas, Wen Sun, Samuel Steenholdt, Alice Lewis and Justin Walsh, Chris Armstrong, Benjamin Fleming, Aryen Liaw and Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Mi wang and Phillip Smith, Adrian Keene and Emmaline Bowman, Adrian Rivalland and Tristan Andrews Fletcher Hawkins and Brooke Bisset, Chao Sun