I produced and edited this video to promote the University of Southern California’s International Labs, facilitated by the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Our group of USC public policy students prepared a consulting presentation for high-level officials in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Please watch the video I created.
Brazil International Lab, 2012
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dates: May 21 – June 1, 2012
Partner: The Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE), the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)
Clients: Alberto Gomes Silva, Special Advisor to the President, CDURP, Companhia de Desenvolvimento Urbano da Região do Porto do Rio de Janeiro (Urban Development Area of the Port of Rio de Janeiro)
Instructors: Professors Frank V. Zerunyan, Jonathan Speier
Topic: Revitalizing Port Maravilha
Description: The 2012 Price School International Lab to Brazil was a two-part course. During the spring semester, the class met weekly at the Price School to develop research, hone presentation skills, and prepare for a consulting project in Brazil. During this time, students explored the known facts about the clients’ project, the Porto Maravilha redevelopment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They 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, the students 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, students learned from a host of local experts, politicians, and social welfare advocates. They 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. USC Price students also had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Brazilian master’s students interested in the policy and planning work; students who shared with us local perspectives. They presented their findings and recommendations to the Director of the Porto Maravilha project. An ongoing collaboration continues between the project, FGV, and USC.