FGV holds Urban Parks Seminar at MAM, kicking offseries of meetings about cities

The event aims to encourage debate on the role of parks in improving the quality of life of urban residents.
Public Policy
15 April 2024
FGV holds Urban Parks Seminar at MAM, kicking offseries of meetings about cities

On April 17, 2024, FGV, with the support of the municipal government of Rio de Janeiro, will hold an Urban Parks Seminar at the Rio Modern Art Museum’s Film Center. This is the first in a series of meetings that will take place throughout the year to reflect on the urban challenges of the contemporary world, based on dialogue with international experiences.

The event aims to encourage debate on the role of parks in improving the quality of life of urban residents, especially the most vulnerable ones, and in mitigating the impacts of climate change. One of the guests, architect, landscape designer and artist Luby Springall, will present some examples of urban parks in Mexico. Other speakers will discuss the revitalization of Rio de Janeiro’s Flamengo and Madureira parks, as well as the contributions and impacts of Rio’s most recent spaces – Journalist Susana Naspolini Park in Realengo, Rita Lee Park, Carioca Park in Pavuna, Cesário de Melo Park and Piedade Park.

The seminar is free of charge and limited to the first 40 people who register. It will be held at the Rio Modern Art Museum’s Film Center, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will include a tour of the exhibition “A Place to Be: Burle Marx’sLegacy,” organized by the Rio Modern Art Museum and Burle Marx Institute.

To take part in the seminar, sign up here.

Landscapes and Public Space workshop

The day after the seminar, April 18, there will be a workshop to explore the creative, conceptual and methodological processes involved in creating an urban park. The event will bring together 40 participants and will provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the issues discussed the previous day, with the aim of creating a repertoire of good practices.

Luby Springall, alongside Rio de Janeiro architects Claudia Escarlate and Pedro Rivera, will address concrete challenges in the execution of designs. Springall will talk about Central Park in the Monterrey Tech District, Cuernacava Railroad Linear Park and the Memorial to the Victims of Violence in Mexico, while Escarlate and Rivera will discuss examples in Rio de Janeiro. On behalf of the municipal government of Rio, Claudia Escarlate led the master planning process for all the venues in the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, as well as the venue’s later transformation into Rita Lee Park. Pedro Rivera is part of the team responsible for the architectural design of Carioca Park in Pavuna and the clubhouse at the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course.

The Landscapes and Public Space workshop will be held in the Rio Modern Art Museum’s Events Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To take part in it, sign up here.

Urban Reflections series

After the Urban Parks Seminar, the Rio Modern Art Museum and Flamengo Park will be revitalized in preparation for the G20 Summit (an intergovernmental forum representing 19 sovereign countries, the European Union and the African Union) in November. Between April and November, there will be a series of “Urban Reflections” events, bringing together urban planners, public managers, academics, students and other interested people to discuss the main challenges facing today’s cities, always taking the issues and demands of the city of Rio de Janeiro as a starting point.

These meetings will debate the following topics: urban parks; education, cities and innovation; Rio de Janeiro, a global city; climate change: sustainable and resilient cities; memories, heritage and tourism; urban renewal; and innovation.


April 17

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Venue: Film Center, Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Museum

Link to sign up

9 a.m. – Check-in

10 a.m. – Opening remarks

Silvia Finguerut, culture and environment coordinator, FGV;

Pablo Lafuente, artistic director, Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Museum;

Isabela Ono, director, Burle Marx Institute;

Eduardo Cavaliere, Rio de Janeiro municipal chief of staff;

10:45 a.m. – Parks in Mexico

Luby Springall of Gaeta-Springall Architects, Mexican architect, landscape designer and artist

11:30 – Parks in Rio de Janeiro

Ruy Resende of RRA, architect and urban planner–Madureira Park;

Pierre-André Martin of ECOMIMESIS, landscaper designer – Realengo and Rita Lee parks;

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Tour of exhibition: “A Place to Be: Burle Marx’s Legacy”

3 p.m. – Flamengo Park

Margareth Pereira da Silva, architect and urban planner, Urban Planning Graduate Program, Rio de Janeiro Federal University – Knowledge, Bodies and Regimes of Interaction in the Creation of Flamengo Park;

Isabela Ono, architect and urban planner, director of Burle Marx Institute– Burle Marx’s Legacy in Rio de Janeiro;

4 p.m. – Modeling Urban Park Concessions

Jorge Arraes, Rio de Janeiro municipal secretary for governmental coordination – Management of Urban Parks;

Robson Enéas, head of Department for Structuring Social and Environmental Infrastructure Projects, Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) – Modeling Urban Parks;

Landscapes and Public Space workshop

Thursday, April 18

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Events Hall, Rio Modern Art Museum, 85, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Flamengo Park, Rio de Janeiro.

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