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The Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janero, Brazil (22°57’ S, 43°13’ W).Detail of a building in São Paulo, Brazil (23°32’ S, 46°37’ W).Forestry site on the Amazon near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil (3°03’ S, 60°06’ W).
Brasilia, Brazil (15°48’ S, 47°52’ W).Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (22°56’ S, 43°16’ W)Deforestation in Amazonia, Mato Grosso, Brazil (9°26’ S, 54°43’ W)
Storm over the Amazonian rainforest near Téfé, Amazonas State, Brazil (3°32’ S, 64°53’ W).A storm over the Amazon Rainforest, Amazonas State, Brazil (2°00’ S, 64°00’ W).São Paulo University swimming pool, São Paulo, Brazil (23°32’ S, 46°37’ W).
At Belém, Pará State, Brazil (1°27’ S, 48°29’ W).Meanders in the Amazon River near Manaus, Brazil (3°10’ S, 60°00’ W).Meeting of the waters of the Negro and the Amazon, State of Amazonas, Brazil (3°04’ S, 59°58’ W).
Herd of zebu on a road near Cáceres, Mato Grosso, Brazil (16°05’ S, 57°40’ W).Bird’s eye view of São Paulo, Brazil  (23°32’ S, 46°37’ W).Surfer at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (22°58’ S, 43°11’ W).
Gold mines near Pocone, Mato Grosso, Brazil (16°15’ S, 56°37’ W).Fazenda (ranch) surrounded by the waters of the Rio Vermelho, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil (17°00’ S, 56°54’ W).Deforestation in Amazonia, Mato Grosso, Brazil (12°38’ S, 60°12’ W)
Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (22°55’ S, 43°15’ W).Enclosure of cattle close to Cacères, Mato Grosso, Brazil (15°59’ S, 57°42’ W).Herd of Zebu near Cáceres, Mato Grosso, Brazil (16°05’ S, 57°40’ W).
Cows grazing in the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (17°36’ S, 57°30’ W).Marsh near Almolar, Panatanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (19°14’ S, 57°02’ W).Marsh near Almolar, Panatanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (19°14’ S, 57°02’ W).
Cattle grazing in the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (17°36’ S, 57°30’ W). Gold mine of Poconé, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil (16°10’ S, 56°25’ W).Giant Amazon Water Lily (Victoria amazonica), Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (19°14’ S, 57°02’ W).




São Paulo University swimming pool, São Paulo, Brazil (23°32’ S, 46°37’ W).

With 17,5 million inhabitants, the São Paulo metropolitan area is the largest in Brazil. Deep social inequalities are leading to increasingly sharp spatial segregation. Districts wholly inhabited by the rich are turning into cities within the city, protected by security guards, watched by cameras, and surrounded by high walls to keep out the violence and misery that surround them. At the other extreme are the shantytowns (favelas), which were home to 1.1 percent of the population in 1973, increasing to 19.4 percent in 1993. In this new social partitioning, private enclaves are being created within public space. These are the Brazilian equivalent of the “gated communities” of wealthy suburban America. This spatial fragmentation is accompanied by a privatization of the urban environment which ultimately threatens democracy, as democracy cannot function in the absence of public space.


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