17 Jun '12, 8pm

First Impressions at Rio+20: A Question of Scale?

The landmarks and landscapes that make every iconic photo from Rio de Janeiro are nowhere to be found at Riocentro, the convention center where the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) is taking place. Except perhaps in banners and in the special set of stamps the mail service is selling at a stand inside the event. What you see at Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood southwest from the center of the city planned following American urban trends at the end of the 1960s, are fenced tall buildings, jammed cars, and bucolic open spaces that feel intimidating. The reason why a conference on sustainable development takes place in a place that stands for everything that a healthy sustainable community is not, is the sheer size of the event: there is not, I was explained by the Rio+20 coordinator at City Hall last May, a place as big and secure as Riocentro tha...

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