ZIP – Zone for Inclusive Progress


Student Name:

  • Léa Pelleteret

Institution Name:

  • Ecole Nationale Superieure D'Architecture Paris Val de Seine


  • France


  • Highlights

The famous thoroughfare expressway Avenida Brasil, divides the city of Rio de Janeiro on more than 55 km. The launch of the BRT Transbrasil, will reconnect West suburbs and the city center, but leaves unaddressed the connection of neighborhoods on its route such as the Maré. Maré is less a deprived area than one of unexploited potential. Using the dynamics of new transport infrastructures to their full extent will revive the neighborhood and enhance social cohesion, develop local economies, and create a new urban identity in Rio.

Fostering smart and universal mobility. ZIP will bring together the different means of transport (BRT, buses, moto-taxis) to provide an easier access to all users – women, persons with disabilities and older persons – and develop interconnectivity. The bustling, animated streets of the Maré are its liveliest public spaces, where people come to eat, to meet, to shop or to play football. Creating new streets will bridge the sides of the Avenida and reunify the neighborhood. Distance travels will be significantly reduced with the aim of making the Maré more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Improving the quality of urban spaces. ZIP will revitalize 5 sites across the Avenida, selected for their strong industrial identity. The Maré is a major hub, known for its retail trade, active communities and vibrant cultural life. Green paths, cool islands and the refurbishment of existing business areas will ensure environmental and social sustainability. New meeting spaces scattered throughout the Maré will create urban landmarks. It will develop community life, bring new services (post offices, bank agencies, medical centers) and magnify the industrial and warehouse street grid.

Creating resilient infrastructures for all. Rehabilitating buildings and making them available to the inhabitants of the Maré will increase their participation in community life and local decision-making. Games will be given more space through sport infrastructure and children playground areas integrated into the urban fabric. An education facility for out-of-school women and a new community center will foster social cohesion, empower women and contribute to reducing inequalities.

ZIP will bridge the two sides of the Maré and reshape the neighborhood in the long run. Building on the strong identity and assets of the Maré, the project will enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization. It is a promising practice for the cities of tomorrow, demonstrating that a city can address poverty and inequality, while committing to climate action and sustainable communities, in direct support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).