Last Monday night (27) the Public Defender’s Office of Rio de Janeiro sent an official letter to the City of Duque de Caxias, in Baixada Fluminense, to clarify the reasons for the wall built last week under the ramp of the Raul Cortez Theater , in Vila Meriti, and that mischaracterized the work of the modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer.
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The place is used as a shelter by the homeless population and, therefore, the work on the wall is characterized as hygienist or hostile architecture, according to the defender who signed the letter, Flávia Mac Cord Bhering. The Defender’s Office wants to know if there was specific authorization for the work and if there was any licensing.
In the event that it has not been authorized, the Defender’s Office recommends that the wall be demolished immediately, as well as that existing stones and cobblestones that might characterize hygienist architecture be removed.
“As it is known, the homeless population does not have conventional or regular housing, being forced to use public spaces and urban areas as places of housing and livelihood on a temporary or permanent basis. The street has as one of its main objectives the democratization of access to spaces,” said the defender.
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The Ombudsman’s External Ombudsman received photos and videos from social movements denouncing the construction. Hostile or hygienist architecture are urban design strategies that use elements to restrict certain behaviors in public spaces and hinder the access and presence of people, especially those living on the streets.
In a note sent to the press, the president of the Niemeyer Institute, Paulo Sérgio Niemeyer, condemned the intervention of the Municipality of Duque de Caxias in the work he signed with his great-grandfather, architect Oscar Niemeyer, and says that there was no authorization.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda