This ‘Awesome’ Plan Would Turn Brazil’s Empty World Cup Stadiums Into Housing for the Poor

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At 1,100 square feet, each unit would be large enough for a family of four. They’d be built into preexisting spaces on the outside of each structure.

The 2014 World Cup is over. But what future do all those shiny new Brazilian stadiums have? Of the 12 that were built or renovated for the World Cup, CityLab reports that four will likely struggle to attract the crowds needed to support their massive upkeep costs.

Brazil spent around $4 billion building 12 stadiums for the World Cup. Although a couple will be reused in the 2016 Summer Olympics, there’s no long-term plan for the others.

But two French architects think they know what to do with the empty, expensive complexes:

Turn them into affordable housing for those on the far left of Brazil’s economic equator.

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Casa Futebol, an architectural proposal from 1 Week 1 Project, suggests converting the stadiums into housing complexes, while leaving the fields empty for occasional football games. Affordability, fire safety and outright feasibility are all restrictive issues, however. Sometimes dismissed as “whimsical”, creative solutions like this are necessary to address Brazil’s severe housing shortage, especially for the low-income communities who were displaced by the stadiums in the first place.

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According to the official description:

The project “Casa Futebol” proposes a re-appropriation of the stadiums renovated or built for the World Cup using modules of housing of a surface of 105 m ². It is not a question of denying the interest of Brazilians people for the soccer, otherwise of proposing an alternative in the deficit of housing. An estimated 250,000 people were evicted from their homes to make way for the World Cup games. After the games were over, there were a dozen large stadiums left behind that will mostly lay vacant and unused, after hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes.

The Casa Futebol project would install modular housing units between the stadiums’ concrete pylons.

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The central fields and inner seating would remain in occasional use, and a portion of ticket sales from soccer matches would finance the construction and maintenance of the colorful modules.

With homelessness being such a problem all over the world, people who want to make a difference are starting to think outside of the box to develop creative and peaceful ideas to solve this problem without relying on the force of government.