Barra Olympic park project / Henrique Houayek

Houayek, Henrique

This chapter examines design processes used in the planning of the Barra Olympic Park by AECOM. Discussed from a first-hand perspective, Houayek, who served as a principal designer for this project, points to struggles that designers faced given the site’s complex urban and social conditions. The vision behind the Olympic Park and its legacy plan recalls earlier eras in which urban planning and design promised a better urban future for host cities like Rio.

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