Produtora Kana / AR Arquitetos

© Pedro Kok

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

© Iwan Baan

Design Consultant: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: Rua Camaragibe – Mãe Luíza, Natal – Rio 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: Brazil
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 AR Arquitetos

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

© Cristiano Mascaro

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: São Paulo,
Area: 95 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Denilson Machado

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

Courtesy of Ruby Press

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

© Denilson Machada

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

Vila Aspicuelta / Tacoa Arquitetos

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Tacoa Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Rodrigo Cerviño, Fernando Falcon
Area: 915.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

AH House / Studio Guilherme Torres

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Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Location: , Brazil
Area: 1031.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: MCA Estudio

Um House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

© Pedro Kok

Architects: Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados
Location: Santana de Parnaíba, , Brasil
Project Architects: Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Juliana Iha, Lucas Miilher
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Bio-nanomanufacturing Laboratory / Piratininga Arquitetos Associados + VD Arquitetura

© Maíra Acayaba

Architects: Piratininga Arquitetos Associados, VD Arquitetura
Location: Campus do IPT, Butantã, , Brasil
Authors: José Armênio de Brito Cruz, Renata Semin, Vera Lúcia Domchske
Coauthors: Gastão Sales, Gustavo Partezani
Project Area: 13,461 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

SESC Barra Secondary School / Indio da Costa Arquitetura

© Pedro Kok

Architects: Indio da Costa Arquitetura
Location: , Brasil
Project Architect: Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa
Co Authors: Claudia Amorim, Carlota Sampaio, Lourenço Gimenez
Project Area: 55,000 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Pedro Kok, Cesar Duarte

Castelão Arena / Vigliecca&Associados

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Vigliecca&Associados
Location: Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Area: 162,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Ricardo Correa, Courtesy of Vigliecca & Associados, Azul Serra

Anhembi Space / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos

© Pedro Kok

Architects: Terra e Tuma Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Juliana Assali, Bruna Hashimoto, Giulia Sofia Galante, Zeno Muica
Area: 5079.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Weekend House in Downtown São Paulo / SPBR

© Nelson Kon

Architects: SPBR
Location: São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Angelo Bucci
Design Team: Nilton Suenaga, Tatiana Ozzetti, Ciro Miguel, Eric Ennser, João Paulo Meirelles de Faria, Juliana Braga, Fernanda Cavallaro, Victor Próspero
Area: 183 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Brooklin House / Galeria Arquitetos

© Pedro Kok

Architects: Galeria Arquitetos
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Fernanda Costa Neiva
Area: 166 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Herzog & de Meuron Completes First Project in Brazil: Morro Arena

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron. Exterior.

This last Wednesday, April 9th, Herzog & de Meuron opened its first project in Brazil – Morro Arena - located in the city of . With a capacity for 350 people, the arena features multipurpose rooms for dancing, classrooms, a terrace overlooking the sea, locker rooms and a sports court.

The project is the first finished part of a broader urban plan for the region developed by the Swiss Office in partnership with the Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição in 2009.