An estimated 250,000 people were evicted from their homes to make way for the World Cup games.  After the games were over, there were a dozen large stadiums left behind that will mostly lay vacant and unused, after hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes.

Two French architects named Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux have proposed a possible solution to this problem in their new “1 Week 1 Project” plan.

According to the project’s website:

The project “Casa Futebol” proposes a reappropriation of the stadiums renovated or built for the World Cup using modules of housing of a surface of 105 m ². It is not a question of denying the interest of Brazilians people for the soccer, otherwise of proposing an alternative in the deficit of housing.  Stadiums will continue to be used, receiving soccer matches, a part of the ganancies of which can finance the construction and the maintenance of the houses.


With homelessness being such a problem all over the world, people who want to make a difference are starting to think outside of the box to develop creative and peaceful ideas to solve this problem without relying on the force of government.  It is interesting in this case that events will continue to happen in the stadium, and that the revenue from those events will be used to fund the housing.

This is similar to a plan that has recently been developed in Europe, where advertisers and activists are joining together to create billboard housing, that will allow homeless people to live in luxurious roadside apartments that have billboards on the side of them.  The advertising revenue from the billboards fund the property and utilities, and everyone ends up in a better situation than they were before.


In Brazil and in the rest of the world, poverty is not going to be solved by the government.  Average people with unique skills and ideas are going to need to come together peacefully to create solutions to this very complex problem.  This story and others like it show that this effort is actually already taking place all over the world.

Credits: Used with permission as requested by copyright holder.

While you’re here…
…We have a tiny favor to ask of you. Government think tanks have teamed up with Social Media Companies and Google to censor independent thought and government criticisms, and the result has been catastrophic for independent media. Despite this, The Mind Unleashed has survived without hiding our content behind a paywall, because we value open and accessible information more than we value profits. Hopefully we’re wrong, but without your help we're afraid The Mind Unleashed will algorithmically disappear from the Internet. Every contribution, big or small, will go directly into funding independent journalism. If you value what we’re doing here, you can help us keep going for as little as $1 and only a minute of your time. Thank you. Click here to support us