Empty World Cup stadiums in Brazil could be transformed into affordable housing

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The World Cup in Brazil has come to end and now that the final whistle has been blown, Brazil are going to be left with a total of 12 stadiums that have been built or modified especially for the World Cup itself. So what is going to happen to the stadiums? Well two architects have come up with a proposal and they want to transform the stadiums into affordable housing. This is something that is desperately needed in Brazil.


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Axel De Stampa along with Sylvain Macaux, have been looking at different issues associated with architecture for the past 29 weeks on their website. This week they came up with solutions which were focused on the stadiums in Brazil and entitled it Casa Futebol.


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Of course their concept isn’t very realistic as when the stadiums were designed or converted, they were not done so with the idea of them eventually being able to support hundreds of housing units. However, their idea does bring up a question that is very interesting about what can be done with the stadiums when the World Cup is over and done with.


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Some of the stadiums were only ever going to be temporary and are planned to be dismantled now that the cup is over. Some are going to be reused, with just a few of them being modified specifically for the 2016 Olympic Games. For most of the stadiums there are no real long term plans for how to make the best use of them. So this means that some of the huge structures are going to be left empty. As Brazil does have a housing shortage, adding in affordable housing to the stadiums would make a lot of sense.


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The Casa Futebol concept comprises of colourful housing units put into the stadium, which could be installed in-between the supporting pylons made from concrete. These are what make up a great deal of the infrastructure of the stadiums.


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The architects said that the housing units could be stacked up on the outer side of the structures, which makes sense as usually the outer side of the structure is space that is wasted for aesthetics.


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By doing this the stadiums would essentially still be functional. This would mean that a portion of the sales from the tickets sold could go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the homes. Perhaps children of those living in the housing could use the field for re-enacting their own World Cup dreams. People living in the housing units would also have a superb view of any event taking place at the stadium, just as those who are able to see into Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Turning the unused stadiums into affordable housing would solve two issues. Firstly, what to do with the stadiums and secondly, dealing with the issue of the lack of housing in Brazil that is affordable.


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