On June 22, join us for a lunchtime discussion with Raquel Rolnik, Barika Williams, and Jean Bae on how leaders in São Paulo and New York are organizing support for communities hit hard by the pandemic. 

Despite Bolsonaro’s defiant claims that Covid-19 is nothing more than a “little flu”, Brazil has become the new global epicenter of the pandemic. Unlike other recent hotspots, Brazil is an emerging economy with deeply unequal health care systems, public infrastructure and housing.

In the absence of national leadership, local leaders and communities in São Paulo have pioneered their own responses to the crisis, establishing direct assistance programs for informal workers and solidarity networks within the favelas to share information and resources. In New York, many undocumented workers are disproportionately affected by the virus, yet cannot access social benefits like unemployment payments, forcing leaders to improvise targeted solutions.

For our sixth City Life After Coronavirus global dialogue, we welcome internationally-respected urban planner and architect Raquel Rolnik to discuss the situation in São Paulo in dialogue with our guests from New York: What is the impact of the crisis on Sao Paulo and how are local leaders in both cities devising solutions for hard-hit communities? 

This video discussion will take place at 12:30pm EDT. Login details for Zoom will be emailed to registrants in advance of the conversation. 



Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Our digital programming in the City Life After Coronavirus series is open to the general public. Forum Fellows are encouraged to invite additional guests to participate. Learn more about becoming a Forum Fellow.


About This Program ↓

This program is made possible through the support of our Director’s Circle and Fellows. In this difficult moment, your support and ideas are more important than ever. To learn more about contributing toward our nascent effort, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.

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