In Brazil, the offshore oil mining industry is expanding. Unfortunately for oil companies though, it’s expanding away from the coast, as new oil deposits are found further and further from land – so far, in fact, that they’re outside the range of the helicopters that usually transport workers to and from the rigs. That’s why Rice University students took on the challenge of designing “Drift & Drive,” a floating community where workers and their families could stay for extended periods of time, eliminating the inconvenience of the usual “two weeks on, two weeks off” cycle.
Read on after the break for more about how the project functions
Among last year’s winners of the International Photography Awards Competition, were some fantastic night photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia taken by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos. The awarded photos, and more photographs taken by Andrew in Brazil, will be exhibited in “Brazil: Night & Day”, at Banco do Brasil, 11 W 42nd St., New York.
Sponsored by Banco do Brasil and the Year of Brazil at Queens College, CUNY, the exhibition will include photographs from Niemeyer’s Brasilia, panoramic cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro at night, landscapes from Rio’s Botanical Gardens, and Rio street scenes. It will be on display from April 3 to April 25.
The photographer’s series explores that symmetry in Bo Bardi’s brutalist design, in which two colors, red and concrete-gray, unite harmoniously.
See more of Pires’ images, after the break…
Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: Porto Feliz – São Paulo, Brazil
Author: Isay Weinfeld
Project Manager: Monica Cappa Santoni
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Project Team: Adriana Aun, Juliana Scalizi, Guilherme Leme, Carolina Miranda
Area: 1739.0 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra
Architects : H²O Arquitetura
Location: Tatuapé, Brazil
Project Architects: Aleksandro Almeida, Anselmo Oliveira Jr.
Artist: Anselmo Oliveira Jr
Project Area: 46 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Guilherme Rebelo
Architects: LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: Campinas – São Paulo, Brazil
Interiors: LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Authors: Roberto Loeb, Luis Capote
Associate Architects: Damiano Leite, Chantal Longo
Collaborators: Nicola Pugliese, Francisco Cassimiro, Camila da Silva, Noemi Fernandes, Erica Urbani, Luis Nogueira, Bernardo Fridmann, Estevam Martins, Vitor Lucas, Eduardo Escabeche, Emily Shayo, Maria Carolina Simões, Camilo Badue, Juliana Lovato, Rafael Leoni, Cristina Sin, Cecília Mesquita
Área: 85000.0 m2
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti
Location: Campina Grande – Paraíba, Brazil
Architect In Charge: MAAM + Studioparalelo
Autors: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado, Álvaro Méndes
Project Team: Sebastian Caram, Gerard Rouillier, Pablo Courreges, Emiliano Etchegaray, Belén García, Gabriel Giambastiani, Jaqueline Lessa, Alexis Arbelo, Pamela Davyt, Aldo Lanzi, Sebastián Martínez, Nicolás Rudolph, Ken Sei Fong.
Area: 780.0 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti
Many architects enter the profession with hopes of creating something that outlives them, something that is bigger than themselves, that can advocate for a better world. Oscar Niemeyer was such an architect, one who fought for designs that would serve everyone. The master of Brazilian architecture passed away one year ago after complications from a previous kidney condition. In honor of what would have been his birthday today, we’ve rounded up a few of his masterpieces, from his elegant and curvy Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, his collaboration on the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the traditional spectacle space of his Sambadrome, the spiraling Niemeyer Center in Aviles, and the powerful parabolic expression in his Cathedral of Brasilia. Enjoy!