Casa LK / Estúdio MRGB

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

Arena das Dunas / Populous

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Architects: Populous
Location: Arena das Dunas – Lagoa Nova, – Rio Grande do Norte, 59020-510,
Capacity : 42,000 seats
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Populous

KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics

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Chun Qing Li, founder director of London-based KREOD, has revealed planes for a 1,200 square meter international trade pavilion for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Floating on a platform in the Barra de Tijuca lagoon, adjacent to Olympic Park, the pavilion is expected to bring together entrepreneurs and industry leaders from , the United Kingdom and China to discuss future of business and showcase their products.

João Moura Building / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

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Architects: NITSCHE ARQUITETOS
Location: , Brazil
Project Architects: Pedro Nitsche, Lua Nitsche
Design Team: João Nitsche; Rafael Baravelli; Suzana Barboza
Site Area: 1.411m2
Project Area: 2539.0 m2
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Nelson Kon, Courtesy of

Casa na Mata / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

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Architects: NITSCHE ARQUITETOS
Location: , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Vinicius Andrade e Marcelo Morettin, Lua Nitsche
Design Team: Suzana Barbosa, Renata Cupini, Marianna Dal Canton
Photographs: João Nitsche

Pavilion / METRO

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Architects: METRO
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Marina Ioshii
Design Team: Bruno Kim, Francisca Lopes, Isadora Marchi, Luís Tavares, Marcelo Macedo, Rafael de Sousa
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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…

Bernarda Luis / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

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Architects: NITSCHE ARQUITETOS
Location: Alto de Pinheiros, ,
Area: 1,811 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Pantanal Arena / GCP Arquitetos

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Architects: GCP Arquitetos
Location: , Mato Grosso, Brasil
Project Area: 300,000 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Rio to Host TEDGlobal 2014

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The world is experiencing exponential growth and de Janeiro, a true megalopolis of six million people, is a prime example. Thus, TEDGlobal 2014 has announced they will be “setting up shop” in Rio’s Copacabana Beach theater in the search to find “fresh thinking” in emerging geographies.

More than 40 speakers and performers have confirmed their attendance, each focusing on the “many facets of the Global South’s rise in influence and power” and relevant new stories from around the world.

Register here and continue after the break for complete list of confirmed speakers and Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes’ Talk “Four commandments of cities”…

Produtora Kana / AR Arquitetos

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Architects: AR Arquitetos
Location: Pinheiros, , Brasil
Project Architects: Marina Acayaba, Juan Pablo Rosenberg
Collaborator: Flávia Torres
Project Area: 136 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Arena do Morro / Herzog & de Meuron

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Design Consultant: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: Rua Camaragibe – Mãe Luíza, Natal – Grande do Norte,
Executive Architects: Plantae
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ascan Mergenthaler (Partner in Charge), Markus Widmer
Project Team: Tomislav Dushanov (Associate, Project Director), Mariana Vilela (Project Manager), Melissa Shin, Diogo Rabaça Figueiredo, Kai Strehlke (Digital Technologies), Edyta Augustynowicz (Digital Technologies), Daniel Fernández Florez
Client: Ameropa Foundation, Binningen, Switzerland, Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição, Natal, Brazil
Area: 1964.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Patio House / AR Arquitetos

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Architects: AR Arquitetos
Location:
Architect In Charge: Juan Pablo Rosenberg, Marina Acayaba
Design Team: Paloma Delgado, Kiti Vieira, João Chiavoni, Marina Portolano
Area: 408.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of

Void General Store / Tavares Duayer Arquitetura

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Architects: Tavares Duayer Arquitetura
Location: Leblon, Rio de Janeiro,
Area: 21 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: João Duayer

Venice Biennale 2014: The Evolution of Brazilian Architecture to be on Display

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Chosen to curate the Brazilian contribution at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, diplomat and architecture critic André Aranha Corrêa do Lago has revealed plans for an that will chronologically illustrate the evolution of Brazilian architecture.

180 projects will be exhibited, all of which have either played a significant role in the country’s architectural evolution, such as the pre-Colombian (Indian shacks), vernacular constructions and baroque designs, or have displayed a strong international influence, like the Capanema Palace, Pampulha and Brasília. In addition to this, 50 important personalities, including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, will be highlighted for their assistance in spotlighting the importance of Brazilian architecture.

GT Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres

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Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Location: ,
Area: 95 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Denilson Machado

Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade: Brazil’s Social Housing Policy & The Failures of the Private-Public System

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In 2009, the Brazilian government launched the program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (“My House, My Life”), which aims to build 3.4 million units by the end of 2014. Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade (Ruby Press, 2014), produced by the MAS Urban Design program at the ETH Zurich, examines the project at a critical time and presents ways to improve its design and implementation. Divided into three chapters, the book reviews the history, guidelines, and construction of the “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” program (MCMV) through long-form essays, opinion pieces, interviews, diagrams, and photographic image material. The following excerpt, written by Sandra Becker, proposes an answer to the question of why the program – despite its aims to meet the huge demand for housing for low-income families - has thus far failed to provide the Brazilian people the “quality cities [they] desire.” 

From the Publisher. In June 2013, Brazil saw a wave of protests unprecedented in the country’s history. Millions of people filled the streets demanding better education, public transportation, and healthcare. While the rage driving the protests was directed at politicians, it is unlikely that the problem can be reduced to the failure of the political system. Instead, shouldn’t the protests point out the inequalities caused by the neoliberal policies that dominate the global economy?

In the first quarter of 2009, responding to the global financial crisis that had begun the previous year, the Brazilian government launched an ambitious social housing program to encourage the economy’s construction sector. The program, “Minha Casa, Minha Vida,” was initially developed to build one million houses. In September 2011, the program launched its second phase with a goal of providing another 2.4 million housing units. The program aims to confront a historical deficiency in housing, a shortage of approximately 5.8 million dwellings.

DM HOUSE / Studio Guilherme Torres

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Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Location: São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Guilherme Torre
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Denilson Machada