The 2012 USC Price School International Lab to Brazil was a two-part course. During the spring semester, the course met weekly at the Price School to develop research, hone presentation skills, and prepare for a consulting project in Brazil. During this time we explored the known facts about our clients’ project, the Porto Maravilha redevelopment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We used policy and urban planning examples from cities around the globe, anticipating both shortcomings and opportunities for port redevelopment in Rio. The Olympic Games upcoming in 2016 is a milestone for which Porto Maravilha stands to be a legacy. With that, we surveyed redevelopment efforts of host cities of mega-sporting events.
The summer session was a hands-on, two week lab in Rio de Janeiro. Teaming up with Brazilian university FGV, we learned from a host of local experts, politicians, and social welfare advocates. We developed further insight into the Porto Maravilha project –as well as it’s context within Rio and Brazil –from lectures, continued research, and on-site field work. We had the exceptional opportunity to work side-by-side with Brazilian masters students interested in the policy and planning work; students who shared with us local perspectives. We presented our findings and suggestions to the Director of the Porto Maravilha project. An ongoing collaboration continues between the project, FGV, and USC.