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Midrash / Isay Weinfeld

  • Architects: Isay Weinfeld
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team: Adriana Zampieri
  • Area: 395.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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

Casa Delta / Bernardes Arquitetura

  • Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
  • Location: Guarujá - SP, Brazil
  • Design Team: Thiago Bernardes, Dante Furlan, Camila Tariki, Bruno Milan, Daniel Vannucchi, Pérola Machado
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

  • Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team: Thiago Bernardes, Camila Tariki, Fabiana Porto, Francisco Abreu, Ilana Daylac, Antonia Bernardes, Thiago Moretti
  • Area: 550.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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

VITRA / Studio Daniel Libeskind + Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura

© Marcelo Scarpis © Marcelo Scarpis © Marcelo Scarpis © Marcelo Scarpis

Trama Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura Interior

  • Architects: Semerene Arquitetura Interior
  • Location: Park Sul, Brasília, DF, Brasil
  • Project Architect: Clarice Semerene
  • Collaborator: Fernanda Abreu
  • Project Area: 70.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França

Video: A Fascinating Tour Through Brasilia with Reggie Watts

"An alternately factual documentary presented by nameless hosts Reggie Watts and Carolina Ravassa Brasilia takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the famed capital of Brazil. In topics ranging from architecture, religious ceremonial practices, and spiritual conscious alignment, Reggie and Carolina traverse some of the world's most impossibly futuristic human landscapes, extolling earnest advice about the culture, practices, and habits of the Brasilienese people. With a synthesizer soundtrack from the late 60/early 70s, Brasilia exposes the unknown truths of this exotic utopian city nestled in the cradle of South America." - Film description courtesy of Reggie Watts via Indiewire.

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM

Txai House / Studio MK27

  • Architects: Studio MK27
  • Location: Itacaré - BA, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co Architect: Carolina Castroviejo, Gabriel kogan
  • Desing Team: Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Paula Sertório
  • Area: 640.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Guilhermina Restaurant / FGMF Arquitetos

  • Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
  • Area: 157.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rafaela Netto

© Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto

Tunga Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura

  • Architects: Rizoma Arquitetura
  • Location: Brumadinho - MG, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Thomaz Regatos e Maria Paz
  • Collaborators: Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
  • Project Area: 2194.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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

Novo Santo Amaro V Park Housing / Vigliecca&Associados

  • Architects: Vigliecca&Associados
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Architecture & Masterplan: VIGLIECCA&ASSOC
  • Project Team: Héctor Vigliecca, Luciene Quel, Neli Shimizu, Ronald Werner, Caroline Bertoldi, Kelly Bozzato, Pedro Ichimaru, Bianca Riotto, Mayara Rocha Christ, Fábio Pittas, Thaísa Fróes, Aline Ollertz, Sérgio Faraulo, Paulo Serra, Luci Maie
  • Project Area: 13500 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Cortesia de VIGLIECCA&ASSOC

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

Mororó House / Studiomk27

  • Architects: Studiomk27
  • Location: Campos do Jordão - SP, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co Autora: Maria Cristina Motta
  • Desing Team: Carlos Costa, Carolina Castroviejo, Elisa Friedmann, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Mauro Augusto, Oswaldo Pessano, Pedro Ribeiro, Rafael Costa
  • Interior Design: Diana Radomysler
  • Area: 730.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

In 1955 the Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s.

More about Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening at MoMA on March 29th, after the break. 

 Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré (Peruvian, 1926–2014). (Peruvian, 1926–2014). Hotel in Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu (Project). 1969. Perspective. © Archivo Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré  Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. Plaza of the three powers, Brasilia, Brazil, 1958-1960. Photograph: Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti  National School of Plastic Arts, Havana, Cuba, Ricardo Porro, 1961-1965. © Archivo Vittorio Garatti Brasilia under construction, 1957. Geofoto. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal