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KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics

Chun Qing Li, founder director of London-based KREOD, has revealed planes for a 1,200 square meter international trade pavilion for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Floating on a platform in the Barra de Tijuca lagoon, adjacent to Olympic Park, the pavilion is expected to bring together entrepreneurs and industry leaders from Brazil, the United Kingdom and China to discuss future of business and showcase their products. 

João Moura Building / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Project Architects: Pedro Nitsche, Lua Nitsche
  • Design Team: João Nitsche; Rafael Baravelli; Suzana Barboza
  • Site Area: 1.411m2
  • Project Area: 2539.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Nelson Kon, Courtesy of NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Pavilion / METRO

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects: Metro Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Marina Ioshii
  • Design Team: Bruno Kim, Francisca Lopes, Isadora Marchi, Luís Tavares, Marcelo Macedo, Rafael de Sousa
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

The Works of the Late João Filgueiras Lima, Brazilian Icon

Hospital Daher © Joana França Memorial Darcy Ribeiro - Beijódromo © Joana França Memorial Darcy Ribeiro - Beijódromo © Joana França Hospital Regional de Taguatinga © Joana França

Last week one of the greatest icons of Brazilian architecture, , also known as , passed away. Photographer Joana França has shared with us photographs depicting the architect's extensive repertoire - from his most classic works to some lesser-known gems. 

See them all, after the break...


  • Location: Rua Bernarda Luiz, 206 - Alto de Pinheiros, São Paulo, 05448-020, Brazil
  • Area: 1811.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Rio to Host TEDGlobal 2014

The world is experiencing exponential growth and Rio de Janeiro, a true megalopolis of six million people, is a prime example. Thus, TEDGlobal 2014 has announced they will be “setting up shop” in Rio’s Copacabana Beach theater in the search to find “fresh thinking” in emerging geographies. 

More than 40 speakers and performers have confirmed their attendance, each focusing on the “many facets of the Global South’s rise in influence and power” and relevant new stories from around the world. 

Register here and continue after the break for complete list of confirmed speakers and Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes’ TED Talk “Four commandments of cities”...

Pantanal Arena / GCP Arquitetos

  • Architects: GCP Arquitetos
  • Location: Cuiabá - Mato Grosso, Brasil
  • Project Area: 300000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photography: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Arena do Morro / Herzog & de Meuron

  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: Rua Camaragibe - Mãe Luíza, Natal - Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ascan Mergenthaler (Partner in Charge), Markus Widmer
  • Project Team: Tomislav Dushanov (Associate, Project Director), Mariana Vilela (Project Manager), Melissa Shin, Diogo Rabaça Figueiredo, Kai Strehlke (Digital Technologies), Edyta Augustynowicz (Digital Technologies), Daniel Fernández Florez
  • Client: Ameropa Foundation, Binningen, Switzerland, Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição, Natal, Brazil
  • Design Consultant: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Area: 1964.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Patio House / AR Arquitetos

  • Architects: AR Arquitetos
  • Location: Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Juan Pablo Rosenberg, Marina Acayaba
  • Design Team: Paloma Delgado, Kiti Vieira, João Chiavoni, Marina Portolano
  • Area: 408.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of AR Arquitetos

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Terraville House / AT Arquitetura

  • Architects: AT Arquitetura
  • Location: Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
  • Authors: Mauricio Ceolin, Andre Detanico, Tarso Carneiro
  • Project Team: Flora Detanico, Dayane Paz, Juliana Schnor, Andreia Laschuk
  • Área: 350.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi

GT Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres

  • Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area: 95.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Denilson Machado

© Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado

Void General Store / Tavares Duayer Arquitetura

© João Duayer
© João Duayer

© João Duayer © João Duayer © João Duayer © João Duayer

Venice Biennale 2014: The Evolution of Brazilian Architecture to be on Display

Chosen to curate the Brazilian contribution at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, diplomat and architecture critic André Aranha Corrêa do Lago has revealed plans for an exhibition that will chronologically illustrate the evolution of Brazilian architecture.

180 projects will be exhibited, all of which have either played a significant role in the country’s architectural evolution, such as the pre-Colombian (Indian shacks), vernacular constructions and baroque designs, or have displayed a strong international influence, like the Capanema Palace, Pampulha and Brasília. In addition to this, 50 important personalities, including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, will be highlighted for their assistance in spotlighting the importance of Brazilian architecture. 

Pavilion Hacienda Matao / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

© Cristiano Mascaro
© Cristiano Mascaro
  • Location: Matão - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Executive Architect: Ricardo Lemus
  • Design Team: Ricardo Legorreta, Víctor Legorreta, Noé Castro, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik, Carlos Vargas
  • Area: 3500.0 m2
  • Year: 2014
  • Photography: Cristiano Mascaro

© Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro

DM HOUSE / Studio Guilherme Torres

© Denilson Machada © Denilson Machada © Denilson Machada © Denilson Machada

Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade: Brazil’s Social Housing Policy & The Failures of the Private-Public System

Courtesy of Ruby Press
Courtesy of Ruby Press

In 2009, the Brazilian government launched the social housing program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (“My House, My Life”), which aims to build 3.4 million housing units by the end of 2014. Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade (Ruby Press, 2014), produced by the MAS Urban Design program at the ETH Zurich, examines the project at a critical time and presents ways to improve its design and implementation. Divided into three chapters, the book reviews the history, guidelines, and construction of the “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” program (MCMV) through long-form essays, opinion pieces, interviews, diagrams, and photographic image material. The following excerpt, written by Sandra Becker, proposes an answer to the question of why the program - despite its aims to meet the huge demand for housing for low-income families - has thus far failed to provide the Brazilian people the “quality cities [they] desire.” 

From the Publisher. In June 2013, Brazil saw a wave of protests unprecedented in the country's history. Millions of people filled the streets demanding better education, public transportation, and healthcare. While the rage driving the protests was directed at politicians, it is unlikely that the problem can be reduced to the failure of the political system. Instead, shouldn't the protests point out the inequalities caused by the neoliberal policies that dominate the global economy?

In the first quarter of 2009, responding to the global financial crisis that had begun the previous year, the Brazilian government launched an ambitious social housing program to encourage the economy's construction sector. The program, “Minha Casa, Minha Vida,” was initially developed to build one million houses. In September 2011, the program launched its second phase with a goal of providing another 2.4 million housing units. The program aims to confront a historical deficiency in housing, a shortage of approximately 5.8 million dwellings.