CASA FIRJAN da Indústria Criativa / Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos

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A cultural and educational space for creative industries, such as movie, TV, web design, fashion and performing arts, the first prize winning proposal for the CASA FIRJAN da Indústria Criativa unifies the educational, cultural and corporate segments. Designed by Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos, the project, located in , creates a hub for producers, consumers, and investors of these disciplines to provide interaction, networking and business opportunities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CAD SP / PAX.ARQ + Vazquez Junqueira Arquitetura

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PAX.ARQ, in collaboration with , designed this concept for the CAD SP (Digital Arts Center of São Paulo) as a study for São Paulo’s secretary of culture. The transparent, prismatic cube arises from the concepts of inter-connectivity, transparency and respect to pre-existing architectural surroundings. Learn more after the break.

Infinity Tower / KPF

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Architects: KPF
Location: Sao Paulo,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Lightweave Palm Observatory / X-Studio

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Conceived by Mexican architect Ivan Juárez from X-Studio, the Lightweave Palm Observatory consists of a dialogue with the natural landscape context of , Brazil. The project explores a local artisanal textile technique using the coconut palm leaf found in the island as raw material. It then forms an interior space for personal reflection which creates a visual dialogue between the interior and exterior landscape that it delimits. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: ConVivência: Lucio Costa and Marcio Kogan / Brazil Pavilion

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The Brazilian Pavilion brings together two outstanding professionals from two different generations: Lucio Costa (1902-1998) and Marcio Kogan (b. 1953). Costa is the world renowned urban planner who conceived Brasília, the country’s new capital inaugurated in 1960, with public buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer (b. 1907). Costa was one of the core ideologues of Brazilian modernism and the author of some of the master-pieces of modern Brazilian architecture.

, an architect and movie director, stands out in the contemporary scene with major projects both in and other countries. Costa’s installation Riposatevi -a masterpiece, albeit not familiar to all- will be exhibited. Marcio Kogan has created an original piece for Venice.

[DES]dobrar Memorial / Aleph Zero + Juliano Monteiro

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Designed by Aleph Zero + Juliano Monteiro, the [DES]dobrar Memorial is a space composed by reflective elements which is therefore a cloudy limited space: in, out, far and near, front, back, unique, multiple, real reflection. An important element of the project is one that activates and gives meaning to the objects: the user / observer. Unlike a mere passive spectator, is the observer who composes the piece through its position and its motion in space. Such movement is yet ‘reflected’ by objects that “dance” as the passage of passersby and accuses them of being they, too, actors in a multiple reality, dynamic and interconnected. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: StudioMK27 represents Brazil with “Peep”

Representing at the 2012 Venice Biennale will be StudioMK27 and ‘s 1964 installation “Riposatevi”.  The exhibit takes an intimate look at the lives of multi-generational households in modern Brazilian architecture.  Curated by Lauro Cavalcanti, the Brazilian pavilion will investigate the intersections between traditional and contemporary artistic tendencies and will feature the movie installation, “Peep”, by Lea Van Steen and Marcio Kogan, with photography by Cleisson Vidal.  The event will take place between August 29th and November 25th in the Giardini and Arsenale buildings in Venice.

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Gero Restaurant / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: , Brazil
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Team: Fausto Natsui, Tomás Gioia Brunoro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

BoomSPDesign 2012: Global Starchitects and Cosmopolitan Designers Align in Brazil

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BoomSPDesign is at it again! Now in its fifth addition, the creative design, architecture and art forum has quickly become known for attracting elite creatives from around the globe to share their passions in this unique, forum. Centered around all things creative, the three day event will commence on August 22nd at the Centro Universitario Belas Artes de .

Curator and cultural promoter Roberto Cocenza stated: “This year we are connecting, via Sao Paulo, two continents, Old World with the New World: We have the German Juergen Mayer H. bringing the sophistication of European thought and sensibility, with his intricate architectural patterns, and then we have Fernando Romero, a young talent from Mexico that with his rambunctious Sumaya Museum quickly entered the pantheon of iconic contemporary architecture.”

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V4 house / Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto

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Architects: Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto
Location: são paulo . sp . brazil
Architect In Charge: Diana Radomysler, Fabiana Cyon, Fernando Falcon, Oswaldo Pessano
Project Manager: Nelson Batista
Design Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Co Architect : Renata Furlanetto
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Pernambuco Arena / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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With a seating capacity of 46,000, the Pernambuco Arena will host the games in the group stage and quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014. Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados, the main peculiarity of the project, and what makes it stand out from other projects of cities hosting the FIFA World Cup 2014, is that it is not being built in a consolidated urban area. The design challenge of this project is the creation of a building that is fully integrated into the natural environment and that in a second moment can establish a relationship of unity with the future urban development planned for the region. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2014 World Cup Final Stage Stadium / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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The design for the 2014 World Cup Final Stage Stadium by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados will provide a feeling of continuity as if the Maracanã, which is the original conception of the Journalist Mario Filho stadium, has scarcely changed. Once inside the main public areas, the old and the new will work together to create a modern yet familiar look and feel. The pinnacle of which occurs upon reaching the stands, revealing an entirely new stadium carved out of the original. The facade will be preserved, ensuring that, from the outside, the Maracanã appears almost untouched. The roof is one of the main new elements introduced, but will not bring any visual impact as it will not be visible from the outside. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Terra Nova House / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Juliana Scalizi, Flávia Oide, Leandro Garcia, Gustavo Benthien
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Livraria da Vila / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Cristiano Kato, Flávia Oide, Daniela Kurc
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan / LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura

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Architect: LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura
Location: 
Size:  1000 000 square meters
Status: Competition Entry

In keeping with the Olympic spirit, today we share a competition master plan entry for Rio by Colombia-based architect Luis Callejas, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e República Arquitetos.  Although Callejas has been practicing professional for four short years, he has already made quite an impression on the architecture world.  In that time, Callejas has designed and realized two of the most relevant recent projects in Latin America for public sports infrastructure: The aquatic center for the South American Games of 2010, and the complete renovation of the main soccer stadium in Bogota, Colombia.  For his scheme for Rio’s Olympic Park master plan,    the park functions sectionally as the sporting functions – both the main areas and the support spaces – are organized in a stacked manner rather than pulled apart in plan.  This allows for a fluid and open space for audiences, and creates “No icons but one big vital scenario halfway between a small city and a big park.”

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‘Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers’ Exhibition / gmp Architekten

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Since Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg founded their architectural practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in Hamburg in 1965, they have carried out projects in almost all large cities in Germany and on four continents. The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC) presents an overview of gmp’s work with the international touring exhibition “Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers”, which is on now until to August 5. Sketches and drawings provide an idea of the initial conceptual thoughts, models present designs in their three dimensions and photos by well known architectural photographers document the completed buildings. More architects’ description after the break.

DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures Proposal / Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes

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Designed by Fabiano Ravaglia, Liebert Rodrigues, Vinícius Philot, Fernanda Marx, Tiago Mendonça, and Karen Novaes, the DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures competition proposal focuses on expansion and flexibility to create a new way of thinking about Brazilian social housing. Based on practices developed by the low-income residents of the social housings of Rio, the team objective is to formulate a set of strategies that could enable and encourage the expansion of housing but in a neatly way. By taking advantage of the existing structure and implantation and inside the constructive knowledge of the population, this will allow the enlargement when it suits them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architectural Association’s Foster + Partners Prize 2012 Goes to Yi Yvonne Weng

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The and Foster + Partners have announced AA diploma student Yi Yvonne Weng as winner of the 2012  for her project, ‘The 6th Layer – Expolorative Canopy Trail’. The prize is awarded annually to the AA Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure.

Yvonne Weng stated: “Programmatically, the project is centred on scientific exploration and harvesting medicinal plants, which provides an alternative use of the forest without destroying it. At the same time, the positive occupation of the territory it enables could provide a level of surveillance that helps to protect both the endangered environment and the indigenous population.”

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