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Letting Brazil's Homeless Speak for Themselves

Social media projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo illuminate the lives of the homeless in Brazil's biggest cities—without value judgments.

1 Week 1 Project

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

Observatory of Prostitution

Brazil's Ugly Pre-World Cup Sex-Worker Crackdown

While concerns about sex tourists dominate the headlines, the bigger threat for Rio's sex workers may be the local police force.

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Countdown to Brazil's World Cup

From soccer-themed public art projects to social unrest, the FIFA tournament is already visible all over the country.

Reuters

The Innovative Policy at the Heart of Fresh Violence in Rio

The police department's once-lauded pacification program appears to be unraveling. 

Reuters

A 2016 Olympic Aquatic Event Site Has 195 Times the Safe Amount of Sewage in the Water

Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.

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The Favelas Where World Cup Tourists Will Be Staying

Not all soccer fans can afford a swanky hotel by the beach. Property owners in some of Rio's slums are taking advantage.

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Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

Reuters

Rio's Smelly Carnival

Sanitation workers went on strike during the big event, leaving the streets covered in trash.

Reuters

Is a Favela Still a Favela Once It Starts Gentrifying?

Rents are going up in Rio's informal housing communities. What, if anything, should the city do about it?

Associated Press

Construction Collapse at Brazil World Cup Stadium Kills Three

The timing is pretty awful for Brazil's turn at hosting the 2014 World Cup games this summer.

Reuters

It's Not Just Justin Bieber: Travel Websites Are Fueling Sex Tourism in Latin America

Expect to see more attention paid to the conditions of prostitutes as Brazil counts down to the World Cup.

Favela Painting

Just How Much Neighborhood Transformation Can You Get From an Art Project?

Haas and Hahn's next large-scale painting project will tackle the entire Rio de Janeiro favela of Vila Cruzeiro.

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Talking About Climate Change in Terms of Its Impact on Your Favorite Things

New York. Paris. Bacon.

South America Might Soon Be Covered in Dust From the Sahara

Wind is lifting thousands of tons of desert sand into the air and blowing it over the Atlantic Ocean; this intriguing animation shows where it's headed.

Devin Stewart

Globalization Is The Unsung Champion of the Protests Around The World

The growing global middle class wants good schools and good governments, and they're letting their leaders know.

Reuters

Brazilian Protesters Say Their Mass Transit Systems Are a Mess. Here's What That Looks Like

A day in the life of Brazil's subway and bus commuters.

Reuters

As Protests Continue in Brazil, Hard Lessons for an Urbanizing World

This widespread movement has clear echoes in developing megacities everywhere.

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In the Climate Change Economy, It's About Efficiency, Not Just Growth

North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.