What to do with those empty, costly stadiums now that the World Cup is over? In this set of mockups from the "Casa Futebol" project, architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macau imagine what it would look like if Brazil were to turn them into affordable housing for the thousands of people who were displaced because of the tournament.
This ingenious if somewhat impractical proposal is part of the 1 Week 1 Project, in which the duo take a stab at solving a variety of global problems through architecture and planning.
Though these hybrid stadium-apartment buildings are only conceptual, the need for housing in Brazil is real. It’s been estimated that 250,000 people were evicted in the construction of the World Cup stadiums.
Before the World Cup began this June, 7,000 members of the Homeless Workers Movement occupied an empty lot next to the $455-million, 68,000-capacity site of the tournament’s opening match. Protesters said that President Dilma Rousseff promised them land for low-cost housing and that their once-affordable rents had doubled since construction began on the arena.
The future of some of these massive sites is unclear. Several are in areas without a local team, and though Brazilian officials are adamant that they will be repurposed, few concrete plans exist. The city of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest has a 44,000-seat stadium but no local team. So far, the only other proposal has come from a local judge, who suggested the city turn the stadium into a jail.