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Hugo França: From Forest to Furniture (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 04.17.2014 | Arts
Crane.tv

For 15 years, Brazilian artist Hugo França lived and worked alongside indigenous tribes, learning their generations-old woodworking techniques and traditions.

Why Urban Poverty and Rural Life Are Interconnected in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Urban poverty in the Global South does not occur in a vacuum: many of the urban poor are recent migrants from rural areas who have come to the city in search of a better life.

Fighting Illiteracy and Digital Exclusion: Five Proven Solutions

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Literacy is a fundamental human right, one that opens doors to other rights, to empowerment and to integration.

Protests in Sao Paulo: For The Right Of Doing My Job

Amanda Previdelli | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Amanda Previdelli

2014-02-25-SAOPAULOPROTESTS_originalprevidelli.jpg There is something very wrong with democracy when journalists are forbidden to cover police actions and protests. When journalists get beaten. There is something very wrong and especially sad, also, when journalists are struck by flares, stones, and become targets for protesters' violence.

From Bangalore to São Paulo: How Five Cities Are Tackling the Problem of Toxic Waste

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Many substances -- including electronic waste -- pose all sorts of dangers to the health of individuals and the environment.

How Can We Build Better Cities? 4 Urban Experts (Including a Chef) Weigh In

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

What might cities in the Global South look like in the future, and what will it take to turn ideas into reality? Meet four innovative urban experts who shared with URB.im their knowledge, vision(s) for their cities, and the challenges they face in bringing about change.

What Sexual Reproductive Health Is Like In Some Of The Biggest Slums Worldwide

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Free contraceptives, progressive legislation, text messages, mobile reproductive health services and community-based outreach--these are just some of the ways cities are transforming urban approaches to family planning.

How to End Brazil's Homicide Epidemic

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Homicidal violence is a barometer of the wider health of a society and the commitment of governments to guaranteeing its safety and well-being. By almost every measure, Brazil is a sickly patient and its public authorities are errant doctors.

Transforming Urban Diversity From Liability Into Asset

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The issue of diversity is universal, but it is especially significant in cities in the developing world. People of different origins, religions, or cultures can easily become the "other," which often leads to marginalization and even violence.

Brazil: A Looming Anniversary

Simon Watson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Simon Watson

Even though it came to an end almost thirty years ago, the dictatorship still weighs upon the Brazilian soul.

Gentileza Gera Gentileza: Summer Moments

Simon Watson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Simon Watson

I've just returned to New York from a ten-week stay in Brazil, where I found the cultural scene energized by a whirlwind of gallery openings, art fairs and special exhibitions. Lingering in my memory are several moments that together afford, I think, a nice mosaic view of Brazil right now.

Vilma Eid: Champion of Outsider Artists

Simon Watson | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Simon Watson

We appear to be living in a rare and refreshingly pivotal moment when the rigid grip of a small group of art professionals is loosening and rigid definitions of what constitutes an artwork and who can be considered an artist are evolving.

PHOTOS: The Miserably Long Commutes That Sparked Brazil's Protests

AP | Posted 08.15.2013 | World

SAO PAULO -- Chests squashed flat against backs, hours a day, every day. That's the daily commute for the 8 million citizens who ride the subway and b...

'Retreat' -- The Refashioned Reality of Iran do Espírito Santo

Simon Watson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts
Simon Watson

Give Iran do Espírito Santo, say, a can of food from a kitchen shelf, a circular mirror, or a '50s ceiling lighting fixture, and he will begin to ruminate on the object's properties of shape and material, and then transform the formerly mundane thing into a sensually, minimal singularity.

What Works: Local Solutions, Global Models For World Cities

Olivia Onderdonk | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Olivia Onderdonk

Few things attract an audience like seeing a bright, young innovator talking about how they thought up, implemented, and were successful in altering l...

Upon Arrival in São Paulo

Simon Watson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Simon Watson

Through art I'm fortunate to participate in many of Brazil's social sectors, giving me a perspective on how the country seems to exist simultaneously in parallel universes that barely recognize each other's fears and concerns, let alone hopes and aspirations.

How Slum Residents Fight Against Malaria, TB, Dengue Fever and Swine Flu

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

With health care facilities remote or non-existent, medication unavailable or unaffordable, health knowledge shaky, and caregivers in short supply, how can informal communities keep contagion in check?

Five Glimpses of Hope for Child Laborers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

215 million. That's the number of children currently working, according to the International Labor Organization, as domestic workers, street vendors, beggars, washers, in both the semi-formal and informal sectors of the economy.

Protests Rage In Brazil's Largest City

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 08.19.2013 | World

SAO PAULO -- Scattered street demonstrations popped up around Brazil on Wednesday as protesters continued their collective cry against the low-quality...

Luxury In South America

Oyster | Posted 07.01.2013 | Travel
Oyster

South America is home to some of the world's most luxurious hotels. Whether you want to sit beachside in Rio De Janeiro or soak in views of the Andes ...

Viva La (Smartphone?) Revolucion

Sarah Hall | Posted 06.19.2013 | Technology
Sarah Hall

In places like America, many of us take for granted that we walk around every day with a pocket sized source of limitless information and decision making companion.

Big Cities, Small Stays

Oyster | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
Oyster

So though mega-metropolises like Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, or Los Angeles might intimidate you, fear not. You can always retreat to these intimate boutiques for some quiet time amidst the bustle of the big city.

Someone's Leaving Gift-Wrapped Skulls Around Sao Paulo

AP | Posted 05.07.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo are baffled by a macabre puzzle: someone has been leaving gift-wrapped human skulls ...

In Brazil, Taking HIV Prevention to the Streets, and to Cyberspace

David J. Olson | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

Brazil is considered a model in HIV prevention and, according to UNAIDS, HIV prevalence in Brazil dropped from 0.4 percent of the population 15-49 in 2001 to 0.33 percent in 2011 and is now stable.

Sao Paulo Struggles To Fight 'Crack Lands'

AP | Posted 01.04.2013 | World

SAO PAULO -- Officials in Brazil's most populous state say they will start forcing adult crack addicts to go to rehabilitation centers in an effort to...