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The site locates in Porto Maravilha in the centro area of Rio de Janeiro. Mill Fluminense used to be an important industry factory in Rio. As industry lost its role in histo­ry and new shipping method arises, the port becomes abandoned for decades. Rio has been famous around the world as an ideal destination for tourists both domestic and international. But people usually forget that Rio de Janeiro as a city with a history of over 450 years has tremendous sources of cultural heritage. My proposal focuses on turning Mill Fluminense from its industrial part into a infrastructure that serves the local community but also attract tourists by the means of building a green belt system that links the existing culture heritage from the port to nearby neighborhood.

I propose a long-term ecological economy strategy for the Porto Mar­avilha District. My proposal starts with transforming the Port Maravilha district into a new Historical Tourism destination. In order to do that, we creates a pedestrian-friendly green belt along the port area, linking the not only the existing public open space in that neighborhood but also the main historical tourist attractions. The green belt also works as a physical bar­rier between the favelas and the tourist zone to guarantee the safety of the tourists, a buffer to compromise the conflicts between the formal and informal world.

Courtesy of Rong Zhao

Courtesy of Rong Zhao

The greenbelt system link the fragmented urban fabric from port area all the way to resi­dential neighborhood. It exists as elevated walkaway between buildings in the mill factory and becomes elevated path above the bus line in the neighborhood. It gives shape to a green network connected to the existing city parks. At the local level, single voids, together with the new paths that intercept them, are translated into a continuous system of collective green open spaces. In order to provide suf­ficient intensity of public use to the new hierarchy of streets, parks, etc. the strategy involves their hybridization with elements derived from the world of sport, art and urban agriculture.

Courtesy of Rong Zhao

Project Info:
Name: Rong Zhao
School: Columbia University, GSAPP
Advisor: Galia Solomonoff

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