Winter 2018

Smoke signals from Brazil

Marcos Martins
Zoy Anastassakis
Front matter

Staff and students are fighting for the survival of Rio de Janeiro’s historic school of design. ESDI’s Zoy Anastassakis and Marcos Martins explain why

The first school in Latin America to offer a design degree is under threat due to a severe budgetary crisis and the neglect of public higher education in Brazil.

This crisis has both political and economic causes. The shift in power that followed the 2016 impeachment of President Dilma Roussef intensified the country’s political instability. Brazil’s institutions have also been under threat as a result of a series of corruption scandals. A downturn caused by the fall in oil prices has hit the state of Rio de Janeiro particularly hard as it derives a large proportion of its revenue from royalties from its oil reserves.


ESDI students and teachers on gardening duty at the school. Photo by Carlos Azambuja.
Top: Open-air planning meeting at ESDI. Photo by Gabriel Borges.


Zoy Anastassakis, Associate Professor, director of ESDI, Rio de Janeiro
Marcos Martins, Associate Professor, vice director of ESDI, Rio de Janeiro

Read the full version in Eye no. 95 vol. 24, 2018


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