WIT Press


The Catacumba Trail Environmental Project

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

39

Pages

7

Published

2000

Size

770 kb

Paper DOI

10.2495/URS000541

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

J.C.L. Barbosa & S. Figueiredo

Abstract

Located in the south zone of the city the Catacumba Trail is a joint project developed by the NPD (Design Research Nucleus of UniverCidade) and the Municipal Secretary of Environment. The trail starts at the Rodrigo the Freitas lagoon and leads up to the top of Sacopa hill where visitors enjoy a splendid view of Ipanema and Leblon, the Botanical Garden and the Tijuca Forest. Once an indigenous cemetery (catacomb) and later a slum, the area is now a Municipal Park by the "shores" of the densely populated Lagoon neighbourhood. From this park the trail goes up for 400 meters through the remains of the slum and what we believe are colonial ruins. Alongside the trail there are small flat areas where the NPD installed a signing system to introduce historical and environmental information. During its first year of operation the NPD mo

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