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

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.” – description courtesy of Reggie Watts via Indiewire.

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

Image of the planned new capital of , masterplanned by SOM. Image Courtesy of SOM

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 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.

Spotlight: Lúcio Costa

Lúcio Costa. Image via ImageLúcio 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 ’s official style until the 1980s.

NAU Restaurant / Sandra Moura


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

Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos

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Architects: Bloco Arquitetos
Location: – Federal District, Brazil
Architects In Charge: Matheus Seco, Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: 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

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

Academic Building – UAC / CEPLAN


Architects: CEPLAN
Location: Campus de Planaltina – Universidade de Brasília – Planaltina, Brasília – Distrito Federal,
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

João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura

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

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

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Architects: Gustavo Penna
Location: Praça Central – Paranoá, Brasilia – Federal District,
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
Year: 2000
Photographs: Casa Digital

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

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Architects: Castro Mello Arquitetos, gmp architekten, schlaich bergermann und partner
Location: National Stadium of Mane Garrincha – , 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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

Showroom Eurobike – Porsche / 1:1 arquitetura:design

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

Casa LK / Estúdio MRGB

© Haruo Mikami

Architects: Estúdio MRGB
Location: , Federal District, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Igor Campos, Hermes Romão
Design Team: Ailton Cabral, Daniel Nardelli, Bruno Ribas
Area: 420 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Haruo Mikami

The Works of the Late João Filgueiras Lima, Brazilian Icon

JSN Residence © 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…

Taquari House / Ney Lima

© Edgard Cesar

Architects: Ney Lima
Location: – Distrito Federal,
Project Area: 380 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Edgard Cesar

Cobogó House / Ney Lima

© Edgard Cesar

Architects: Ney Lima
Location: Brasília – Distrito Federal,
Project Area: 120 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Edgard Cesar

FHE Headquarters / MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: MGS
Location: Brasilia, Federal District,
Associate Architects: Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados
Project Area: 27,630 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Joana França