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Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into ...

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition. Twelve stadiums were built in Brazil in order to accommodate the activities of the 2014 Soccer

Casa Futebol, Brazil

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.

Twelve stadiums were built in Brazil in order to accommodate the activities of the 2014 Soccer World Cup, which saw Germany become world champion on July 13th. Of these 12 fortifications, most of them should be redimensioned and reused to accommodate the local soccer clubs. On the other hand, four of them, including l’Arena das Dunas a Natal, l’Arena Amazonia de Manaus, le Nacional Stadium de Brasilia and l’Arena Pantanal a Cuiaba, are still in search of another purpose.

While the local authorities have already expressed the possibility of dismantling them and converting them into public gardens or using them for other events, Axel De Stampa - having already conceived of the ArGIFecture project, which we have recently mentioned on UrbaNews - jointly with Sylvain Macaux, has developed a conversion project called Casa Futebol. The project proposes reappropriating the existing infrastructure into housing reserved for low-income populations.

Beyond its originality, the concept has the advantage of responding to a major issue that Brazil needs to face, meaning housing ... As the two architects highlight on their firm's website 1Week1Project, in this country of 200 million inhabitants, which constitutes the foremost Latin American economy, the lack of housing is estimated at 5.2 million households, including 1.1 million in Sao Paolo, according to IPEA, the Institute of Applied Economic Research.

Casa Futebol, Brazil

The Casa Futebol project proposes replacing part of the bleachers with prefabricated housing modules of approximately 105 square meters, thus populating the exterior facade and bringing a more human scale to these disproportionate constructions. We should note that in parallel, the stadiums could still be used to accommodate matches. Astute?

What are some other community functions, whether temporary or permanent, that these gargantuan structures could house?

Original article, originally in French, here.

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Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D...

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