With the conclusion of the on-the-ground research for the Horto d’El Rey project, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the current and former students of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) who helped in the research, organization, and facilitation of the community workshop meetings in Olinda, Brazil. I could not have conducted this research without their help, time, and local expertise:
Valéria de Abreu e Lima
Ana Ísis Moura
Ariadne Paulo Silva
Many of these individuals will continue to work with me over the next few months on writing up a paper based on the research as well as possibility continuing to work with some of the community members that participated in the workshops. I also hope that some of these individuals will be able to present this work with me at the upcoming Association for Critical Heritage Studies conference in Montreal, Canada in June 2016.
I also wanted to thank my host professor from UFPE, Dr. Fernando Diniz Moreira, professor of architecture from the Urban Development Program, for helping to connect me with these individuals and other professors from UFPE and supporting my research.
And, of course, I wish to also thank all of the people who participated in the Horto d’El Rey project in the city of Olinda, including the residents from the Amaro Branco, Amparo, Bonsucesso, and Carmo neighborhoods.
While my direct, physical participation in this project is at an end, I look forward to continuing to help remotely facilitate the continued work of the members of the Horto d’El Rey community.