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Brasília by Rem Koolhaas

09:30 - 29 August, 2016
Brasília by Rem Koolhaas

This essay was written by Rem Koolhaas on the occasion of his first trip to Brasília in August of 2011, and has since remained unpublished. Revista Centro (an online Brazilian magazine about architecture, urban studies, art & social science) has now published it in two versions (English and Portuguese) translated directly from its original language, Dutch. In addition to offering his first impressions about the modern Brazilian capital, Rem also emphasizes an autobiographical narrative about the origins of his relation with architecture.

Henning Larsen's Danish Pavilion Opens at Rio 2016

16:00 - 8 August, 2016
Henning Larsen's Danish Pavilion Opens at Rio 2016, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

The Henning Larsen Architects-designed Danish Pavilion has opened to the public on Ipanema Beach to celebrate Denmark's participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The pavilion is the only national pavilion at the games, and contains displays featuring Danish companies and products. The design takes inspiration from the nation's seafaring and yachting traditions, while programmable LED lights allow the pavilion to resemble a number of different flags from bird's eye view. 

All The Architecture To See in Rio de Janeiro During the 2016 Olympics

09:30 - 5 August, 2016
All The Architecture To See in Rio de Janeiro During the 2016 Olympics, Image created using original image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/over_kind_man/3184875811/'>Flickr user over_kind_man</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Image created using original image © Flickr user over_kind_man licensed under CC BY 2.0

Rio de Janeiro is a city of sights and sounds. As diverse as its people is the collection of impressive architecture found in Brazil’s second most populous city—from Eurocentric historical architecture to 20th century regionalist modern marvels, not to mention the city’s growing crop of contemporary cultural venues. The combination of mountainous terrain, lush rainforest, and the ocean inspires many to create lively and unique architecture.

Roberto Burle Marx: A Master of Much More than Just Modernist Landscape

10:20 - 3 August, 2016
Roberto Burle Marx: A Master of Much More than Just Modernist Landscape, © Cesar Barreto (left); Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda., Rio de Janeiro. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved (right)
© Cesar Barreto (left); Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda., Rio de Janeiro. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved (right)

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Green Thumb."

Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro

07:15 - 2 August, 2016
Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has completed their first project in South America, a 7-story, sustainable office building in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Leblon. The building will feature concrete, glass and vertical gardens, and will serve as the new international headquarters for top Brazilian investment firm VINCI Partners. The structure consists of open office spaces looking out onto several private interior courtyards and a series of terraces that create a connection with the main urban thoroughfare of Bartolomeu Mitre Avenue.

More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue

11:50 - 1 August, 2016
More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue, via Courier Mail
via Courier Mail

With the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fast approaching, the city’s preparations have hit another setback. The main ramp at Marina da Gloria, which will serve as the Olympic sailing venue over the next few weeks, has partially collapsed. The structure was intended for temporary use as the main access point for boats to enter the water. No one was injured in the incident.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha Awarded Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

08:00 - 6 May, 2016
Paulo Mendes da Rocha Awarded Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha archive
Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha archive

The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, upon recommendation from Alejandro Aravena, have announced the Brazilian Pritzker Prize-winning architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha as the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Reporting From the Front. Citing the "timelessness" of his work "both physically and stylistically" as "the most striking attribute of his architecture," the board have also stated that "this astonishing consistency may be the consequence of his ideological integrity and structural genius."

A Stretch of Rio de Janeiro's Tim Maia Bike Path Collapses

13:30 - 21 April, 2016
A Stretch of Rio de Janeiro's Tim Maia Bike Path Collapses, Image via Reprodução / Globo News
Image via Reprodução / Globo News

A 50-meter stretch of Rio de Janeiro's Tim Maia bike path, which was built in preparation of the 2016 Olympic Games to connect neighborhoods Leblon and São Conrado, collapsed this morning. Adjacent to the Avenue Oscar Niemeyer, in the south of the city, the bike path was inaugurated on January 17 this year. According to the fire department, the deadly accident was caused by the surf of the sea. 

Brazil Announces Exhibition Theme for 2016 Venice Biennale

08:00 - 8 April, 2016
Brazil Announces Exhibition Theme for 2016 Venice Biennale, Complexo Jardim Edite, Fernando de Mello Franco, Marta Moreira e Milton Braga (MMBB); Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú (H+F), São Paulo - © Nelson Kon. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
Complexo Jardim Edite, Fernando de Mello Franco, Marta Moreira e Milton Braga (MMBB); Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú (H+F), São Paulo - © Nelson Kon. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Responding to curator Alejandro Aravena's theme "Reporting from the front," the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo has selected Washington Fajardo to present an exhibition titled “JUNTOS.” The project for the Brazilian pavilion will highlight stories of people who have fought to achieve changes in institutional passivity in Brazil's big cities. They have created architecture within slow processes, bringing stable solutions in a politically tumultuous territory. According to the curator, “the exhibition is a composition of these pathways and partnerships, where activism meets architects and architecture, becoming a magnet in the preparation of a new space.”

The Project of a Collective Line

04:00 - 6 April, 2016
The Project of a Collective Line, The Project of a Collective Line: Santa Cruz in Bolivia is an agro-export region dominated by transnational corporations. Image Courtesy of USGS
The Project of a Collective Line: Santa Cruz in Bolivia is an agro-export region dominated by transnational corporations. Image Courtesy of USGS

The following article was first published by Volume Magazine in their 47th issue, The System*. You can read the Editorial of this issue, How Much Does Your System Weigh?, here.

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