[ARCHIVE] With the construction of the Pedregulho housing complex and its adjuvant communal spaces, Brazil makes an outstanding contribution to another phase of the modem movement
Originally published in the AR in October 1950
Alf Byden describes the importance of the Ministry of Education building in Rio, marking as it does so clear an advance in one phase of the modem movement. He explains, however, the neglect which, until recently, has been shown towards housing and town planning. The following illustrations of the Pedregulho neighbourhood unit, now under construction in Rio, suggest that this neglect is being remedied, and that Brazil may be about to make an outstanding contribution to another phase of the modern movement.
This unit is the first instalment of an extensive programme aimed at providing lower-paid municipal workers with housing accommodation near their places of work. The site covers some twelve acres of sloping ground and contains four blocks of fiats, a community centre, health centre, co-operative shops and a laundry. A sports centre with swimming pool, gymnasium and changing rooms, open to all, is attached to a primary school which is also part of the unit. Although the site faces west and is very exposed to the sun, a great disadvantage in a tropical climate, this fault is nevertheless compensated for by a magnificent view over the bay which the architect has attempted to make visible from every flat. The scheme will house about 2,400 people.
New Neighborhood at Pedregulho
Architect: Affonso Reidy