Casa Futebol, on the other hand, proposes to transform the stadiums into much needed affordable housing structures. Modular housing units would be installed between concrete pylons and stacked around the stadiums’ perimeter, making use of most of the space which is otherwise not used. The architects plan to keep the original function of the stadiums active, with some of the ticket revenue used for maintenance of the residential units.
Casa Futebol’s strategy seems like the most socially conscious proposal out there, but raises numerous questions. What are the structural and load bearing capacities of the stadiums? Will these structures be able to carry hundreds of additional housing units?