The Maua Pier as a vague terrain: urban disputes and architectural design in the city of Rio de Janeiro

The Maua Pier as a vague terrain: urban disputes and architectural design in the city of Rio de Janeiro

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The adoption of strategic urban planning and the realization of mega sport events in Rio de Janeiro can be considered fundamental challenges for the reconstrucion of Rio de Janeiro's global image in the 21st century. Analyzing the Mauá Pier can be a great example of territorial and symbolic disputes since the late 1990s. Originally built as a dock in the port region of Rio de Janeiro, in 1948; the Mauá Pier has never been used as a dock due to structural problems. As a consequence, it remained as a vague space for more than fifty years. However, since the 1990s, the Mauá Pier has become a highly attractive territory to receive spetacular architectural designs, considered as symbolic monuments for the urban revitalization of the Rio de Janeiro´s degraded port area. Many architectural projects have not been executed until the implementation of the so-called “Porto Maravilha” urban project, developed to prepare the city of Rio de Janeiro to the Games 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. This article intends to better understand the territorial dynamics involved at the dispute for the Mauá Pier by analyzing the architectural designs proposed to occupy this area. There will be considered three fundamental moments: the ideas developed over the 1990s, seeking to create a futuristic heritage to signal the entrance of Rio de Janeiro into the new millenium; the Guggenheim Rio, design by the architect Jean Nouvel in the first decade of the 2000s; and the Museum of Tomorrow, designed by the architect Santiago Calavrava in the second decade of the 21st century, that was inaugurated in 2015. As a research methodology, there will be analyzed documentary sources, reporting and newspaper articles that explain aspects of the political and economic contexts that led to the final upshot of the Mauá Pier´s study case.

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Bianca Manzon Lupo

University of São Paulo

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Bianca Manzon Lupo

University of São Paulo - Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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3. Terrain vague redevelopments

Second Preferred Track

2. Starchitecture

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