Rapid urbanisation is exacerbating many of Rio de Janeiro's problems. A favela community leader reflects on the problems of continued migration to the city. Includes images of recently built shanty homes and an interview with the Souza family describing their aspirations for the future.
Students could be asked to list the many problems that living in a shanty town can bring (eg: overcrowding, lack of space and resources, spread of disease, fire, etc). Look at Rio and other case study cities to see how physical geography can exacerbate problems of overcrowding. Look at the physical division of society in Rio, between old town, traditional upper and middle class areas along the coast with favelas crowding the surrounding hills. Compare the relatively recent development of areas like Barra da Tijuca with migration of affluent people to separate neighbourhoods of other cities.