Closing out of nature. Social opportunity. Isolation of crowds. Places of amusement. Distance from work. High money wages.
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Cidade Jardim, a high-end residential and shopping complex. As the financial capital of Brazil, and indeed Latin America, it is a booming global city with high growth and low unemployment rates. Fortified entrance to Cidade Jardim residential towers. Exploring the Cidade Jardim residential complex. Once we got through the layers of security, including passport checks, we were met by architects employed by JHSF, the developers of Cidade Jardim.
The development consists of nine residential towers with apartments, the smallest being square meters and the largest The integration of the residences into the shopping mall — the most expensive in the city, with celebrity advertising campaigns from Sarah Jessica Parker and Heidi Klum — is one of the attractions for people living here. It is important for them to be protected. Claudio, ones of our guides, explains something to students as we enter Vila Prudente.
They led us through narrow corridors to visit several important community spaces MDF helped create, the first of which was the Vila Prudente Cultural Center. Founded by an Irish priest 20 years ago, the center provides art, workshops and after-school programs for children, and its work has expanded to 40 other favelas in the city. Through the MDF's decades of struggle, most houses have been consolidated and have electricity and water services.
A few years ago, residents received the title to their land, finally obtaining their constitutional rights. Vila Prudente Cultural Center. Pastoral Centre in Vila Prudente. Aside from the spatial arrangement, the active engagement and interaction between people living in Vila Prudente compared to Cidade Jardim was the starkest contrast between the two sites.
In Cidade Jardim there was not much trace of its residents, and those that we did see were largely middle-aged women alone or in pairs returning from the spa.
There were no eyes on the street or sense of collectivity or solidarity, as in Vila Prudente; high fences, cameras and security guards were there to ensure that safety and security rein. Would increased income equality help bring the extremes closer together? With race, class and other structural relationships tied into the mix, change is not so easy, but it needs to happen somehow if we are to imagine a more just and sustainable city.
Garden city movement
The garden city movement is a method of urban planning in which self-contained communities are surrounded by " greenbelts ", containing proportionate areas of residences, industry, and agriculture. The idea was initiated in by Ebenezer Howard in the United Kingdom and aims to capture the primary benefits of a countryside environment and a city environment while avoiding the disadvantages presented by both. Howard was knighted in The garden city would be self-sufficient and when it reached full population, another garden city would be developed nearby.