Amira Sahr + Erika Toledo + Frieder Knoeller
With our proposal for the revitalisation of the Morro da Conceição we are focusing our work on the connection between the morro and the port area. The area has a lot of unused potential due to its location and empty spaces. Between the main axes to this connection- Avenida Rio Branco to the east, Avenida Barao de Tefé to the west, the port to the north and Rua Sacadura Cabral to the south- we find an area defined by institutional/federal buildings, empty spaces such as parking lots and industrial storage halls. The southern area closer to the morro provides its residents infrastructure. Small businesses reside here in run down houses under monumental protection. In order to revitalise the area we suggest to:
- create points of interest at the port for ex- ample within the warehouses to make the port more appealing
- form more living space in the indus- trial areas of mixed use and social structure – densify the used and empty spaces, (the houses under monumental protection as well as the federal buildings and the empty spaces)
- conceptualise a middle axis of flux more suitable for the residents‘ needs and interests away from the main roads which are mainly used to get to work and for traffic by using a language of urban design to appeal to pedestrians
- shape public spaces for leisure and infrastructure (public green space, markets, and pedestrian areas).
The projects will be implemented in different steps, shaping different areas of urban use and to integrate into its environment. Our main point of interest in creating this new axis is to mix the different types of urban usage in order to create an equilibrate form of living. A gradation of residential usage will be recognisable from the morro to the port instead of a clear distinction as it is seen now.
Proposed activities and design by sectors.
Sector 1> Infrastructure, housing & retail
Sector 2> Pedro do Sal> leisure, housing & retail
Sector 4> Mircro Neighborhood> housing & social infrastructure
Sector 5> Portuary warehouses> leisure, culture & retail