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As the games draw to a close, much of the evidence has pointed to the fact that the World Cup has served little favour in stimulating the property market (according to the FipeZap property index, the price per m² fell in 5 of the 16 cities analysed in June). Away from the largely false image of Brazil´s construction market being made up of high rise middle and upper class developments, the debate over housing supply for the masses continues – whether it´s criticisms over the political motivations of the “Without Roofs Movement” or how public financing is actually being allocated in this are. Below, I have translated urbanist and University of São Paulo professor Raquel Rolnik´s recent insights, speaking to the Brasil Post.

As the debate of social housing supply looks likely to heat up amongst Brazil´s impending election campaigning,  it´s worth while taking a look at some of the ground level experiences via three recent news bulletins from across the...

A recent article in the Construção Mercado magazine explored the interesting growth strategy of low and middle-income neighbourhood development, widely being discussed amongst the Brazilian construction industry under the complex challenge of sustainably attending housing demand at the scale necessary without compromising good quality living standards.

Samy Dana, economist at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation and “Folha de São Paulo” blogger chairs a discussion published on the “Info Money” site between Eduardo Zylberstajn, researcher & coordinator of the “FipeZap” Brazilian Property Index and Brasilia based economist and blogger Adolfo Sachsida on the ever-heated debate over the existence of a property bubble in South America´s largest economy.

Initially published at the end of March 2014 on “Rádio CBN”, please take the time to view this very interesting English subtitled radio interview with renowned architect and urbanist Raquel Rolnik, addressing a range of contemporary issues related to Brazil´s heavily populated metropolitan regions – notably focusing on mobility and housing for low income groups.

Whilst it is often difficult to truly establish the direction at which the Brazil property market is moving, a number of key observations can be made by looking at what is happening on the ground level.  It takes a short trip to most of the medium to larger cities to...

A translated article written by Ruban Selvanayagam for the Mercado Impacto blog (also republished on Next Billion Brasil)… One of the most enigmatic questions surrounding sustainable growth in the large majority of emerging nations is how to reach the increasingly complicated goal of delivering dignified housing to the majority of the population, both in a socially and environmentally cohesive manner.

Ruban Selvanayagam interviews Fernando Haddad Moura from the base of the pyramid housing organistion, TETO Brazil – exploring community intervention and transitional housing in Brazil´s favelas.

A recent online article published by GLOBO, Rio de Janeiro has reported that several of the larger Minha Casa, Minha Vida housing developments are witnessing a range of post-conclusion management issues – principally related to payment delinquencies on water, light, gas and condominium management costs (in some cases reaching 90%) as well as the growth of informal business activity, illegal energy tapping and even drug dealing.

A news report published in January 2014 on the 13 month delay of a 1,500 low income housing development constructed under the “My House, My Life” program in Espírito Santo (south east Brazil) – a problem exacerbated by the heavy storms that hit the region in recent months.

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