Midrash / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: – State of , Brazil
Design Team: Adriana Zampieri
Area: 395.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Casa Delta / Bernardes Arquitetura

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

Casa 12×12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

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

AMB House / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura

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Architects: Bernardes, Jacobsen Arquitetura
Location: Guarujá – SP,
Architect In Charge: Paulo Jacobsen
Design Team: Fabiana Porto (coordinator), Edgar Murata, Henrique Carvalho, Marina Nogaró.
Area: 810.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

VITRA / Studio Daniel Libeskind + Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura

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Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind, Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura
Location: Avenida Horácio Lafer, 500 – Itaim Bibi, – SP, 04538-082,
Area: 14850.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Marcelo Scarpis, Courtesy of Pablo Slemenson

Trama Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura Interior

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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 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

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.

Jatobás Residence / Gesto Arquitetura

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Architects: Gesto Arquitetura
Location: – SP, Brasil
Project Architects: Newton Massafumi Yamato e Tânia Regina Parma
Project Area: 612.7 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Writer’s Retreat / Architectare

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Architects: Architectare
Location: Itaipava, – RJ,
Architect In Charge: Flavia Quintanilha, Rodrigo Fernandes
Area: 31.0 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Txai House / Studio MK27

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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
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Guilhermina Restaurant / FGMF Arquitetos

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

Tunga Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura

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Architects: Rizoma Arquitetura
Location: – 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

Mororó House / Studiomk27

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Architects: Studiomk27
Location: Campos do Jordão – SP,
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
Year: 2015
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Luis Anhaia Studio / Zemel + ARQUITETOS

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Architects: Zemel + ARQUITETOS
Location: Vila Madalena, , Brasil
Project Architects: Paula Zemel Pompeu de Toledo e Eduardo Chalabi
Collaborator: Cristiano Zan
Project Area: 148.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1934-1947. ©Núcleo de Documentação e Pesquisa – Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

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. 

Cube Houses / Aleph Zero + Studio Juliano Monteiro

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Architects: Aleph Zero, Studio Juliano Monteiro
Location: Curitiba – State of Paraná,
Architect In Charge: Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes, Juliano Monteiro
Area: 1678.0 sqm
Photographs: Felipe Gomes

Spotlight: Lúcio Costa

. Image via archi.ru. 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.