The invitation

What could a city be if it were no longer organized like a factory or a company, but like a rainforest?

Based on this provocation, we invited people who work in the socio-environmental and urban context to speculate together about possible futures based on exchanges of knowledge – between us, the city and the forest.

Between October and November 2021, five virtual meetings were held with participants who come from different fields of knowledge, but whose point of convergence is the desire to imagine the city as forest.

As a result, the discussions provide perspectives and experiences for thinking about the interactions and interrelationships between territories, technologies, and subjectivities.

The participants

Luis Cassiano Silva

Cultural producer and moviemaker, practitioner and promoter of Teto Verde Favela.

Luís Cassiano has been working in the environmental field for 10 years. He is versatile, creative, and experienced in the areas of theater and audiovisuals, as well as cultural events and educational, artistic and socio-environmental projects.

Vinícius de Santana Lopes

Coordinator of CocôZap of Data_Lab

Vinícius Lopes graduated in International Relations with an emphasis on Public Policy Management and Evaluation at PUC-Rio and University of Cologne in Germany. He is a Climate Justice researcher at Generation Climate Europe and is currently coordinator of the Cocôzap project at data_lab.

Leonardo Adler

Engineer and environmental educator at Taboa Engenharia

Environmental engineer, permaculturist and master’s degree in Technology for Social Development (NIDES-UFRJ), he has been dedicated to promoting health in favelas and isolated communities through ecological sanitation projects since 2013. A founding partner of Taboa Engenharia, a board member of the Instituto Ambiente em Movimento and a researcher at Soltec (UFRJ), he works with fundraising, community mobilization, technological development and project implementation.

Luciana da Silva Mayrink

Urbanist architect

Urban Architect, master’s degree in architecture from PROARQ-UFRJ, studying Urban Policy and Planning at IPPUR-UFRJ. Coordinator of Br Cidades Núcleo RJ, Vice-President and Coordinator of the Temporary Commission on Equity and Diversity of CAU RJ, Co-founder of the Terra Preta Cidade Collective and Consultant for the Cities and Favelas agenda of Tainá de Paula’s mandate in CMRJ.

Giuseppe Cocco

Professor of political theory and philosophy at UFRJ

He has a degree in political science and is a professor at UFRJ. He wrote, with Barbara Szaniecki, The Making of the Metropolis: Rio, Rhythms and Algorithms (RioBooks, 2021).

Carolina Costa Peterli Guimarães

Sociologist. Doctoral student in the program of Interdisciplinary Studies on Women, Gender, and Feminism (PPGNEIM-UFBA)

She has a degree in International Relations from PUC-Rio and a master’s degree in Sociology from IESP-UERJ. She is currently a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies on Women, Gender, and Feminism at PPGNEIM-UFBA and is developing a thesis on women’s political repertoires in housing movements as a mechanism for building urban public policies. A member of the World March of Women, she has been working with social movements since 2008, having worked in Non-Governmental Organizations such as ActionAid Brasil and Instituto EQUIT.

Pâmela Cristina Nunes de Carvalho

Coordenator at Redes da Maré

Pâmela Carvalho is educator, historian, cultural manager, activist researcher on race and gender relations and the rights of favela populations. She holds a master’s degree in education from the PPGE/UFRJ where she defended her dissertation “Eu piso na Matamba”: Epistemologia jongueira e reeducação das relações raciais”. She received a grant from the Post Abolition Characters Project and is a member of the Black Intellectuals/UFRJ research group. She is the coordinator of the “Art, Culture, Memories and Identities” axis at Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré. She is the founder of Quilombo Etu, a collective that works with popular culture from the perspective of anti-racist education. She lives in Parque União (Conjunto de Favelas da Maré).

Clarissa Da Costa Moreira

Professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the Fluminense Federal University

She has a degree in Urban Architecture from FAU/UFRJ, a Master’s in Urbanism from PROURB/UFRJ and a PhD in Philosophy of Art and Architecture from the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at UFF.

Manuel de Figueiredo Meyer

Environmental Engineer (UFRJ) and Educator at Taboa Engenharia

Environmental Engineer from UFRJ, master’s student in Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Porto. Researcher at CIIMAR, associate at Germinal a.t.e, collaborator at the UFRJ Technical Solidarity Center (SOLTEC/Nides) and member of the MUDA UFRJ Group. He works as a technical advisor to social movements on the following topics: Social Technologies, Ecological Sanitation, Agroecology and Permaculture.

Jackson Cruz Magalhães

Biologist, Environmental Educator, MA in Sustainability Studies.

Biologist (Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia), Master of Science (Postgraduate Program in Sustainability - EACH/USP) and socio-environmental educator. He works in areas related to socio-environmental education; society-nature relations; territorial mapping; environmental racism, injustice and socio-environmental vulnerability; ‘original and traditional populations; as well as developing socio-educational programs in the area of Education for Sustainability. He is from the northeast of Brazil, a quilombola remnant and a trans man. He also researches and participates in debates on gender and race, especially with a specific focus on black transmasculinities.

Barbara Szaniecki

Designer, researcher, professor of design (Esdi/UERJ)

Barbara Szaniecki has a degree in Visual Communication from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, a master´s degree and PhD (2010) in Design from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica. She is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Industrial Design of the State University of Rio de Janeiro and editor of the magazines Lugar Comum (UFRJ) and Multitudes (Paris). She published the books Estética da Multidão (Civilização Brasileira, 2007) and Disforme Contemporâneo e Design Encarnado: Other Possible Monsters (Annablume, 2014).

Walmeri Kellen Ribeiro

Artist and professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)

Walmeri Ribeiro is an artist-researcher and professor at the Fluminense Federal University, where she coordinates the Research Laboratory on Performance, Media Art, and Environmental Issues - BrisaLAB. She is also a professor at the Graduate Programs in Arts PPGCA|UFF and PPGAV|EBA|UFRJ. She has a post-doctorate from Concordia University and a FAPERJ research grant. Since 2014, she has been developing the research and artistic creation project Territórios Sensíveis, with funding from the Prince Claus Fund and Goethe Institut (2019|2021) and FAPERJ (2019-2022).

Renata Pimenta Tinoco Monnerat

Cultural Producer

She has been working as a producer and cultural project manager for more than 15 years. She was the production director of the Panorama Festival from 2013 to 2016 and of the Atos de Fala Festival in 2016, the same year she was part of the artistic production team for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was the program coordinator for the first two editions of Virada sustentável in Rio de Janeiro. She is a founding partner of the Rio de Janeiro production company Bomba Criativa and has overseen Casa Firjan’s Open House program since 2018, where she works on running exhibitions and curating artistic and cultural activities.

Domitila Gomes Almenteiro

Architect - MUTA

Master’s student in Architecture at PROARQ-UFRJ with a CAPES PROEX scholarship. Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from UFRJ (2015) and Università di Bologna (Italy 2012-2013), she started her Visual Arts degree at UERJ (2008). Founding partner of the architecture firm MUTA and co-founder of Casa de Estudos Urbanos/RJ. An architectural designer, she works as a technical advisor to housing movements, urban interventions, audiovisual production, and film exhibitions.

Julia Baker Valls Pereira

Researcher, curator and producer of art projects

PhD student in the Graduate Program in Performing Arts (UNICAMP). PhD student in the Graduate Program in Performing Arts (UNICAMP). Master’s degree in history, politics and cultural assets from CPDOC (FGV/RJ). Specialization from PUC/RJ in History of Art and Architecture in Brazil. She worked on MAR’s curatorial team between 2013 and 2018, and on the production of EAV Parque Lage between 2019 and 2021. She is currently producing content for the HUB+ Project, aimed at training and qualifying museums in the state of Rio de Janeiro. She is one of the partners of the company Bomba Criativa, together with Renata Pimenta, Carol Moreira, and Gustavo Canella. Bomba focuses on art production in general. One of the founders of the visual arts research and curatorial collective NaPupila.

Leonardo Napoli Pollo

Consultant for development of healthy organizations

Educator by vocation and organizational consultant by moment. Trained in Gaia Education, Roda, Dojo, Reiki I, Theta Healing, Sociocracy for all, Dragon Dreaming, Nonviolent Communication practice groups, etc. Works as a facilitator of collaborative processes with a focus on designing organizations capable of thinking and acting in the face of their impact and the relationships they cultivate in order to promote healthy relationships.

José Urutau Guajajara

Specialist in indigenous education

Graduate in Pedagogy from the University Estácio de Sá UNESA in 2006. Specialist in indigenous education and indigenous languages at UFF and Museu Nacional/UFRJ. He has a master’s degree in linguistics from Museu Nacional/UFRJ with a research project on Aspects of the structure of ze’egté, a study on the Tenetehara-Guajajara people. He currently teaches the language and culture of Tupi Guarani.

Astrid Maria Kusser Ferreira

Coordenator of Cultural Programing at Goethe-Institut in Rio de Janeiro

Astrid Kusser is the coordinator of cultural programing at the Goethe-Institut in Rio de Janeiro. She has a PhD in history and researches and writes on memory politics, performative cultures, and urban interventions.

The meetings

What arouses interest in the proposal for a Forest City?

Presentation of the themes:

The forest in the city

Theme. Thinking about Rio de Janeiro based on existing urban forests and ways of life with the forest.

Prison city

Theme. Immerse yourself in the dystopian scenario of the city’s becoming prison in times of crisis and look for new ways to live safely.

Collaborative city

Theme. Imagining new economies to sustain cities and forests as complex cultural ecosystems.
The forest is not the jungle. The city is also nature.


Theme. Returning to the concept of FLORESTANIA created in Acre in the 1990s, an attempt to link the issue of citizenship, agrarian reform, and the fight against poverty with the need to leave the forests standing. Evaluate the foundations, limits, and potential of FLORESTANIA for radicalizing the concept of the RIGHT TO THE CITY.

Facilitação gráfica: Natália Kato @_nataliakato

Validate the choices, answer questions, delve deeper into the themes.

What is environmental racism?

How did we get here?

What brings us together?

What distances us?

Facilitação gráfica: Natália Kato @_nataliakato

Amerindian perspectives, decolonizing the landscape.

Jaider Esebell, Ruku

Manuela Carneiro, The Guardians

Facilitação gráfica: Natália Kato @_nataliakato

External and internal waters.

Rio in Struggle

Our Dead Have a Voice

Facilitação gráfica: Natália Kato @_nataliakato

Collaborative practices in the city. Potentials and limits.

Graphic facilitation: Natália Kato @_nataliakato