Gregory Scruggs holds a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University, where his thesis on cultural aspects — including audio culture, namely funk carioca — of Rio’s favelas won the Kenneth Maxwell Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies. He is currently the Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the American Planning Association, and is based in Rio de Janeiro, where he investigates the relationships between audio and urban spaces.
Fighting for the Future of a São Paulo Neighborhood
- Learn about the paradigm-shifting land use policies behind the biggest real estate development in the biggest city in South America.
- Read about how global development trends are playing out in Brazil.
- Understand how land expropriation could affect a neighborhood once ravaged by crack but now bustling with Peruvian immigrants, students and artists.
Will the Transformation of Rio’s Favelas Benefit Everyone?
- Will the "pacification" of favelas improve the safety and quality of life of Rio?
- Hear from experts and locals as they watch Rio's boom and its consequences for the city's favela-dwellers.
- If more development is inevitable in Rio, what are some of the best ways to create a more equitable society?