U.S. Invests in Brazil’s Infrastructure Upgrades

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Although Brazil has been growing quickly as a nation, its economic growth has been stinted by the country’s lack of investment in infrastructure. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expected to spend over one trillion dollars from the Brazilian government and as much as $34 billion from private investors. The money will go toward numerous construction projects designed to increase and improve upon Brazil’s roads, railways, stadiums, hotels and airports. More information after the break.

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With only three years left to make up for 30 years without investments in infrastructure, Brazil faces extreme challenges in meeting its extensive development goals. It is no surprise that the country’s plans are already running behind schedule, but if it can pull through, Brazil will generate huge profits in economic activity through investment, tourism and consumption. This will put Brazil’s economy one step closer to finally being able to compete with the economies of other leading countries.

Luckily, the people of Brazil are not alone in their effort to build up their country in time for the World Cup and Olympic Games. The United States is offering to help fund Brazil’s renovations. The US hopes that by investing in a large portion of the country’s upcoming infrastructure projects, they will profit from their investments and gain cooperation from Brazil while also limiting China’s increasing influence in world affairs.

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In addition, the United States’ major investments in Brazil have set the stage for U.S. companies to move in and take advantage of the new opportunities for construction. Realizing the potential for infrastructure and real estate development that Brazil has to offer, several architecture firms including JDS, HKS, OMA, Richard Meier, Aedas and Broadway Malyan are opening offices in Brazil, despite the bureaucratic nature of the country and the increased amount of time that it takes in Brazil to get a business up and running.

Whether they be financial, temporal or cultural, there are a wide range of obstacles standing in the way of Brazil’s attempts to upgrade its infrastructure and live up to its potential as an emerging world power. Although a large number of Brazil’s construction projects are running behind, the project leaders are optimistic about the progress being made. They believe that the ongoing projects will bring social and economic benefits that will remain long after the World Cup and Olympic Games have left.

Photographs: Flickr: Diego3336, JorgeBRAZIL
References: brasil.gov, AmericasSociety

Cite: Hyatt, Allison. "U.S. Invests in Brazil’s Infrastructure Upgrades" 01 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 15 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=151550>


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    ‘There´s something rotten in the kingdom of Bananas’…that´s all I have to say to you.

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      your comment is mediocre, honestly it’s a growth opportunity for the country that suffers from so many other problems. Now the kingdom of bananas? Believe you don’t know who speaks much less what you think, should be just an ignorant citizen out there crying.

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        Sorry Arthur, but go thinkung like this…. all americans think like this in fact.

        First, try to say where is Brazil in the globe, and after that we can talk, ok?

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        Brazilian man,I live in Curitiba my dear, do not worry I know where Brazil is on the map, can we talk now?

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    I wish the US government and US corporations had the same enthusiasm for upgrading and investing in the deteriorating US infrastructure.

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    Amd one last question.

    How can US invest in Brazil if it can’t even deal with their own financial problem?

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    Where are these investments from the U.S.? Where did you find this article?

    These architecture offices you mentioned are realy trying to put their feet in Brazil, They are constantly meeting with architects from here to get some work.

    Nobody never attented to Brazil’s problems and now that Brazil is in the spotlight everybody (specially this offices that were affected by the world’s economy crisis) want a piece of the pie.

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      Well you need to earn money to keep your office running… Not so strange they look for opportunities.
      And next to that, the Brazilian government kept the market closed for foreign offices. They still do, but now it’s worth to be creative and enter the market. Now there are some big projects to be done you can only call it a good thing these offices bring their experience and knowledge for this size projects as most of the Brazilian offices don’t have the qualities or experience to do so.

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    In my opinion the country are not prepared to these events and to receive these investments. Unfortunately our situations with the corruption and mismanagement is an evil in our culture, and by the way will not be overcome anytime soon, a sample of this work is that the scandals have barely begun and the works aren’t already started. I love my country and I believe him, but not with the current consciousness that guides our interests.

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    Interesting, Brazil is the fouth largest holder of american bonds. It’s actually the opposite… brazilians are now paying for America’s lack of investment upon it’s own infrastructure and infinite debt. The US has a larger and larger social gap.. it’s oncle Sam who’s becoming auntie Carmen Miranda!

    By the way, who wrote this article? How is it possible to drop such nonsense and shallow arguments with no verification at all?

    And as long as Mr Koolhaas or Mr Ingels are able to have a very VERY friendly relation with Mr Odebrecht and alikes they won’t get any piece of the pie.

    Look at the world cup! Just make a call to Anibal Coutinho (Sao Paulo Stadium architect) and you might get a glimpse of the delights our actual “construction boom”.

    And open competitions in Brazil? Say hi to the Olympic Port one or the pathetic series of repetitive “Architecture Institutes” (IAB) being built to innaugurate this new “era”.

    We have managed to destroy a good deal of the innovative spirit of our early modernism and to create a cast of dinosaur architects who still think (and judge these competitions) that a concrete box with some brise-soleils in the middle of nowhere to be the best solution for whatever program.

    Bienvenidos Gringos!

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