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Romullo Baratto

Architect graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2013, currently pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at FAUUSP. His fields of interest include film, architectural theory, urban art and public space. In ArchDaily Brasil he is the Editor responsible for the sections of News, Events and Competitions, besides often acting as a collaborator of ArchDaily.

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MAAT Opens with "Utopia/Dystopia – A Paradigm Shift" Exhibition

07:30 - 23 March, 2017
MAAT Opens with "Utopia/Dystopia – A Paradigm Shift" Exhibition, Utopia/Dystopia – A Paradigm Shift. Image Courtesy of MAAT
Utopia/Dystopia – A Paradigm Shift. Image Courtesy of MAAT

Following its official opening on October 5, 2016, the new MAAT building reopened to the public on March 22, 2017, with two major exhibitions that take up the whole building: Utopia/Dystopia – A Paradigm Shift, curated by Pedro Gadanho, João Laia and Susana Ventura – and Order and Progress by Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, curated by Inês Grosso.

RCR Arquitectes' Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library, Photographed by Pedro Kok

14:00 - 3 March, 2017
RCR Arquitectes' Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library, Photographed by Pedro Kok, Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok
Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok

Following the announcement on Wednesday of the winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, which was awarded to architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes, architectural photographer Pedro Kok has shared with us a series of photographs of the Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library, located in Barcelona, Spain.

As with many of the Catalan trio's work, the library stands out for its materiality and careful construction, making intense use of transparency and light.

Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes. Image © Pedro Kok +10

Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza

06:00 - 23 February, 2017
Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza, Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook
Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook

The 2017 Portuguese Commemorative Coins were unveiled this week in the Casa da Moeda, where the themes, authors and designs for the commemorative, chain and collector's coins to be issued throughout the year were shown. 

Among the novelties, a new series dedicated to Portuguese Architecture stands out, which includes a coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura, two great names in Portuguese architecture.

2016 Rio Olympic Sites, Six Months Later: Abandoned, Looted and Neglected

16:00 - 15 February, 2017
2016 Rio Olympic Sites, Six Months Later: Abandoned, Looted and Neglected, Via Bored Panda
Via Bored Panda

A mere six months after the torch was snuffed, the Brazilian Olympic sites that once hosted scores of locals, tourists, and athletes in a global celebration of athleticism and camaraderie now lie in ruin. This "ghost town" cost Brazil around $4.6 billion plus an estimated $1.6 billion in budget overages, according to reports by the Financial Times and Quartz

In stories recently published by The Guardian, Business Insider, Mashable and Bored Panda we can see the heartbreaking reality and aftermath in the disused venues. 

Watch How Urban Growth Can Dramatically Change the Landscape of a City

08:00 - 15 February, 2017

Artist and photographer Rob Carter shared with us a video in which, through montages and digital collages, shows the urban growth of the city of Charlotte, in the state of North Carolina, USA. The video, titled Metropolis, is "an abbreviated city narrative [...] that uses stop-motion animation to physically manipulate aerial imagery, creating a landscape in constant motion."

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the US and Carter's production features the changes that have taken place in recent years in its central region. Verticality and density of buildings (not necessarily people) continue to mark the urbanization of the city.

7 Things I Learned While Getting My Master's in Architecture

08:00 - 21 January, 2017
7 Things I Learned While Getting My Master's in Architecture, © Image © Alex Watkins, via Flickr. License CC BY 2.0
© Image © Alex Watkins, via Flickr. License CC BY 2.0

Graduation often leaves a void in a new architect’s life. After five years or more (lets face it, usually more) of being with the same friends, colleagues and teachers, it’s only natural that the transition from academic to professional life is accompanied by a feeling of nostalgia for long discussions in college corridors, late nights designing together, parties, and, above all, a student routine.

The most common route after receiving a degree is facing the (savage) job market. Finding an internship and becoming an architect, finding a job in a new office, and spending some time getting to know the insides of studios, offices, and architectural firms seems to be one of the options that most interests new architects. The idea of starting your own business in the long-term future seems to be adequate compensation for those years of dedication to projects that are not always tasteful or aligned with the ideals of those who have just left college.

Free Online Architecture Courses From World-Class Universitites

06:00 - 27 December, 2016
Free Online Architecture Courses From World-Class Universitites

Thinking of continuing your studies but don't want to start a master's or a doctorate just yet? Around the world, short-term courses taken remotely are increasingly popular alternatives, and platforms such as edX, created by Harvard and MIT Universities make it even easier to dive deeper into the most diverse topics. 

Of course, for long-term and undergraduate courses, the face-to-face experience cannot be replaced by online classes. However, being able to follow lessons and participate in discussions with people from around the world online is definitely an important advantage offered by the internet.

We have compiled a few courses in areas ranging from video game design to bio-cellular engineering, and from the history of Japanese architecture to courses in architectural imagination. See our list below:

PNG Paradise: Cutouts of Furniture, People, Trees and More

08:00 - 15 December, 2016
PNG Paradise: Cutouts of Furniture, People, Trees and More

Did you know Pngimg has a large number of free images available for download in .png. The best part? They are perfectly clipped and background-free! The collection is divided into categories that includes trees, people, objects, appliances, sports, clothing, and a host of other strange but perhaps useful animals/things. Just when you needed fresh trees in your renders, Pngimg comes to the rescue.

Adding contextual objects and scale figures can really give life and added value to project visualizations. See the .pngs here here and check out other tools that might be helpful, below. 

Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer

06:00 - 15 December, 2016
Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer, Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Brasilia
Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Brasilia

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, or simply Oscar Niemeyer, was one of the greatest architects in Brazil's history, and one of the greats of the global modernist movement. After his death in 2012, Niemeyer left the world more than five hundred works scattered throughout the Americas, Africa and Europe. Niemeyer attended the National School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro in 1929, graduating in 1934. He began working with the influential Brazilian architect and urban planner Lúcio Costa in 1932, a professional partnership that would last decades and result in some of the most important works in the history of modern architecture.

Film "The Architect" Satirizes the Profession with Egocentric Protagonist

08:00 - 11 December, 2016
Film "The Architect" Satirizes the Profession with Egocentric Protagonist

"The Architect", directed by Jonathan Parker, is a film that moves between drama and comedy. It features a humorous (and some would say believable) satire of architects. In the film an egocentric, and grandiose architect named Miles Moss, played by actor James Frain, works with a couple who wants to build their dream home. 

The Planners' Guide to Trees in the Urban Landscape

08:00 - 6 December, 2016
The Planners' Guide to Trees in the Urban Landscape, via www.tdag.org.uk
via www.tdag.org.uk

Tree and Design Action Group is a group that “shares the collective vision that the location of trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations through better collaboration in the planning, design, construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces.”

“Trees make places look and feel better, as well as playing a role in climate proofing our neighborhoods and supporting human health and environmental well-being, trees can also help to create conditions for economic success.” The Trees in the Townscape guide presents a modern approach to urban forestry, providing officials and professionals with the principles and references needed to realize the potential of vegetation in urban areas.

This is an approach that keeps pace with and responds to the challenges of our times. “Trees in the Townscape offers a comprehensive set of 12 action-oriented principles which can be adapted to the unique context of [any] own town or city.” 

Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

06:00 - 5 December, 2016
Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi, Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok
Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok

Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914 – March 20, 1992) was one of the most important and expressive architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture. Born in Italy as Lina Achillina Bo, she studied architecture at the University of Rome, moving to Milan after graduation. In Milan, Bo Bardi collaborated with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus. With her office destroyed in World War II Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.

Open Call: Chief Curator for 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale

13:57 - 1 December, 2016
Open Call: Chief Curator for 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale seeks a Chief Curator or Curatorial Team for its fifth international edition, to be held in Lisbon (Portugal) from October to December 2019.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil's Golden Lion

16:00 - 25 October, 2016
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil's Golden Lion, © Romullo Baratto
© Romullo Baratto

- Do you know who I'm presenting the conference with this afternoon?
- Of course I do. Paulo, one of the best architects in Brazil.
- For me, the best worldwide.

I heard by chance this conversation between Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker Prize, and Joanna Helm, our Content Director from ArchDaily Brazil, in the gardens of Ibirapuera Park, as I waited to enter the auditorium for the activities of X Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (X BIAU). In that same afternoon, a small crowd occupied all the seats to watch and hear Souto de Moura and Paulo Mendes da Rocha sharing the stage.

71 Thousand High-Res Historical Maps Available for Free Download

13:00 - 20 October, 2016
71 Thousand High-Res Historical Maps Available for Free Download, Courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection
Courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection

History and geography lovers rejoice! You can now see and even download incredible maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection database. The website contains more than 71 thousand maps and images that span the 16th to the 21st century and illustrate everything from the seven continents, to the entire world and even celestial bodies. 

The maps and images serve as useful historical and artistic references, offering rare cartographic detail and insight into the visual organization of territories. The exceptionally high-resolution images can be filtered by place, author, and date of creation.

Lacaton & Vassal and UMWELT Awarded the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale's Lifetime Achievement and Début Awards

14:30 - 8 October, 2016
Lacaton & Vassal and UMWELT Awarded the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale's Lifetime Achievement and Début Awards, FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault
FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault

French studio Lacaton & Vassal and Chilean studio UMWELT have been revealed as the recipients of the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale's Lifetime Achievement Award and Début Award, respectively. An award ceremony will take place on the 15th November 2016 at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), followed by a conference convened by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal.

Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Début Award: Shortlist Announced

04:30 - 27 September, 2016
Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Début Award: Shortlist Announced, Courtesy of Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
Courtesy of Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

The Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Début Award was created to celebrate the achievements, and promote the careers of, young architects and practices under the age of 35.

More than 140 applications were received, representing five continents and including 39 countries including Portugal, Germany, Brazil, and Mexico, as well as Iran, Jordan, Sudan, and Palestine. The jury have praised the very high level of the proposals across the board.

2016 Olympics: Two Legacies for Rio

08:00 - 2 September, 2016
2016 Olympics: Two Legacies for Rio, Cristo Redentor © Romullo Baratto
Cristo Redentor © Romullo Baratto

Just over a week ago in beautiful Rio de Janeiro the Olympic Games, the world's largest sporting event, came to an end.  The Games, as well as the FIFA World Cup, have been a driving force for the city over the last six and a half years. In the wake of the frenzy caused by the much-anticipated event, Rio will have the Paralympics, which will take place between the 7th and 18th of September. But then what?

The word "legacy" being associated with major world events is nothing new. We see it used a lot when referring to the Olympics and the World Cup, and it’s come up time and time again in recent years when we look at the lasting effects these events have had on host cities like Barcelona (1992), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Essentially, the issue revolves around some fundamental questions: Who are the major beneficiaries of the "legacy" of the Olympic Games?  Were the huge public investments worth it? Will there be any improvement for the general population? Can the equipment that was built be adapted for everyday use?

Arena de Handebol e Golbol / Lopes Santos e Ferreira Gomes Arquitetos + OA | Oficina de Arquitetos © Leonardo Finotti Parque Radical / Vigliecca & Associados © Gabriel Heusi Arena da Juventude / Vigliecca & Associados © Leonardo Finotti Adaptação do Centro Nacional de Tiro Esportivo / Vigliecca & Associados © Gabriel Heusi +11