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Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil's Stadiums into Affordable Housing

by , 07/14/14



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As of this weekend, Brazil has to decide what to do with the stadiums and facilities built for the World Cup. Temporary buildings will be dismantled, some will be reused, but a large number of objects will have to be repurposed or demolished otherwise they will end up sitting vacant. Some of the stadiums might be converted into public parks, but one of the most cost effective reuse plans is based on the idea of keeping them as event-based venues.

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Casa Futebol, on the other hand, proposes to transform the stadiums into much needed affordable housing structures. Modular housing units would be installed between concrete pylons and stacked around the stadiums’ perimeter, making use of most of the space which is otherwise not used. The architects plan to keep the original function of the stadiums active, with some of the ticket revenue used for maintenance of the residential units.

Casa Futebol’s strategy seems like the most socially conscious proposal out there, but raises numerous questions. What are the structural and load bearing capacities of the stadiums? Will these structures be able to carry hundreds of additional housing units?

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Via Gizmodo

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4 Comments

  1. Alison Denton July 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I think this is a great idea but I’m not sure authorities will agree with it. If the intention is to re-house some of the people displaced by the FIFA World Cup there would be a need to make sure there were not the gang problems of the favela, if the stadiums are to still be used as event centres as well. The need for security for international events would need to be kept in mind. Better to use them solely as housing with the sports field transformed into community gardens for food.

  2. Commentary Fortytwo July 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Oh, NOW they think about after use. Why was this not a question in the original design work?

  3. Susana Heuer July 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    is it safe I t be like a small city

  4. Murillo Mendes July 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Tem meu voto.

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