PROJECT: Belo Horizonte Ringroad 
TYPE: Masterplan
PLACE: Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais – Brasil
TEAM: AKA Architetti

(Paolo Pineschi, Federica Caccavale, Alessandro Casadei

with Mabel Aguerre, Elena Baccari, Blanca Bea Cirauqui, Maria Rita Longo, Michele Russo, Marzio Scottoni)

TECNIC Consulting Engineers and TECNIC do Brasil / SAPIENZA – Università di Roma / Office Arquitetura e Planejamento

The project originated from an International competition organized in 2014 by World Bank for the Brazilian metropolis of Belo Horizonte, one of the most important cities in Brazil and Minas Gerais State’s Capital, centered on the issues of sustainable mobility and air quality. Belo Horizonte is, at the moment, crossed by a high speed arterial road, the “Anel Rodoviário”, an arc-shaped Regional highway that brings many negative consequences as a strong disconnection between the different parts of the city, a high level of danger, the presence of undefined urban areas, a lack of public spaces, problems in the interference of activities and the environmental fragility of the surroundings. The project is aimed to convert the present Regional Transportation Corridor into a local road, elaborating a new “model of public transit-oriented urban development“ and activating short and long-term strategies of urban regeneration.