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MCO Residence / Esquadra|Yi

  • Architects: Esquadra|Yi
  • Location: Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brazil
  • Project Architects: Filipe Monte Serrat, Camilo de Lannoy
  • Project Area: 400.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joana França

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

Architectural Photographers: Joana França

Brazilian photographer Joana França first became captivated with capturing architectural form when she started taking pictures at the age of 15. A graduate of the University of Brasilia with a degree in architecture, França has a keen eye for the city and built work.

The Brazilian capital -- where she was born -- has become one of her main objects of exploration, and she photographed the city for the Guide to Oscar Niemeyer’s Works – Brasilia 50 Years.

Since 2012, she has worked to document art exhibitions in Brazil, publishing, for example, “Peasant Da Vincis” which highlighted exhibitions by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang in Brasilia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 2013.

Enjoy an interview with França as well as a selection of her photographs after the break. 

Open Call: US Searches for Architect to Design New Embassy Compound in Brasília

The United States Department of State (DOS) has released a request for information (RFI) in search of architects interested in designing a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Brasília, the federal capital of Brazil. The (up to) $350 million, design-bid-build project will be located on a 4.86 hectares (12 acres) site near the seat of the Brazilian Government within the city's planned "Diplomatic Sector." All proposals must take in considering the site's conditions, the city planning context and the architectural significance of Brasilia as a 1956 urban planned city and now UNESCO World Heritage Site. More details after the break. 

Solar da Serra House / 3.4 Arquitetura

  • Architects: 3.4 Arquitetura
  • Location: Brasília - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Diogo Santos e Rodrigo Fortes
  • Area: 95.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joana França

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

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

Spotlight: Lúcio Costa

Brazilian planner, preservationist and modernist thinker Lucio Costa  (27 Feburary 1902 - 13 June 1998) is best known for his 1957 plan of Brasília that shaped the Brazilian capital into a monument to utopian modernism. A resolute and often controversial figure in the Brazilian establishment, Costa’s contributions to Brazilian architecture helped to shape the distinctive modernism that was practically Brazil’s official style until the 1980s.

NAU Restaurant / Sandra Moura

  • Architects: Sandra Moura
  • Location: Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Project Architect: Sandra Moura
  • Project Team: Monalisa Felinto e Bárbara Veiga
  • Project Area: 7300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joana França

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

Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos

  • Architects: Bloco Arquitetos
  • Location: Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architects In Charge: Matheus Seco, Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami

North Classroom Block / CEPLAN

  • Architects: CEPLAN
  • Location: Universidade de Brasília - Brasília, Distrito Federal, 70910-900, Brasil
  • Authors: Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators: Ana Carolina Caetano Alves
  • Project Area: 1265.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Joana França

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

D&P Residence / Atelier Paralelo

  • Architects: Atelier Paralelo
  • Location: Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Author: Thiago de Andrade
  • Collaborators: Arquiteto Andrea Denza, Arquiteta Larissa Lessa, estagiárias Alice Menezes e Natália Costa
  • Project Area: 592.5 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joana França

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

Academic Building - UAC / CEPLAN

  • Architects: CEPLAN
  • Location: Campus de Planaltina - Universidade de Brasília - Planaltina, Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Authors: Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators: Arquiteta Ana Carolina Caetano Alves, Arquiteta Karine Meneses Chagas de Carvalho
  • Project Area: 4795.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Joana França

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

João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura

  • Architects: taO Arquitetura
  • Location: Brasília, Distrito Federal - Brasil
  • Project Architect: Paulo Henrique Paranhos
  • Collaborators: Eder Alencar, Ana Carolina Vaz
  • Project Area: 880.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photography: Joana França

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

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

© Casa Digital
© Casa Digital
  • Architects: Gustavo Penna
  • Location: Praça Central - Paranoá, Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Design Team: Alexandre Bragança, Augustin de Tugny, Fernando Arruda Guillen, Norberto Bambozzi
  • Trainees: Alessandra Valadares, Carolina Soares, Luiza Martini, Paulo Menicucci, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Roberta Vasconcellos
  • Total Area: 42.000m 2
  • Area: 7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Photographs: Casa Digital

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Brasilia National Stadium / Castro Mello Arquitetos with gmp architekten + schlaich bergermann und partner

  • Architects: Castro Mello Arquitetos, gmp architekten, schlaich bergermann und partner
  • Location: National Stadium of Brazil Mane Garrincha - Brasilia, Federal District, 70070-701, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Knut Göppert
  • Project Manager: Martin Glass
  • Project Manager Brazil: Robert Hormes
  • Director Of Gmp Do Brazil: Ralf Amann
  • Team Members: Ante Bagaric, Holger Betz, Rebecca Born- hauser, Carsten Borucki, Lena Brögger, Martina Maurer-Brusius, Kacarzyna Ciruk, Laura Cruz Lima da Silva, Stefanie Eichelmann, Ruthie Gould, Florian Illenberger, Jochen Köhn, Martin Krebes, Helge Lezius, Tobias Mäscher, Adel Motamedi, Burkhard Pick, Jutta Rentsch Serpa, Lucia Martinez Rodriguez, Maryna Samolyuk, Florian Schwarthoff, Sara Taberner Bonastre
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcus Bredt

© Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt

Showroom Eurobike - Porsche / 1:1 arquitetura:design

© Cesar Edgard
© Cesar Edgard
  • Architects: 1:1 arquitetura:design
  • Location: Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Design Team: Eduardo Sáinz Márquez, Lilian Glayna
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Cesar Edgard

© Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard