Renova Energia Proposal / Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Designed by Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo, their proposal for Renova Energia’s headquarters is a head office that interprets the general concepts of the company and invites residents to take part in this process. By exploring the production of wind energy in the state, the architects seek to meet the demands of the group. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Escola Senai Proposal / NPC Grupo Arquitetura

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Designed by NPC Grupo Arquitetura, their design for the Escola Senai is designed with the theme of an industrial technical school. Their concept has characteristics that associate concerns with the teaching program and industrial activities, which, while conflicting, complement each other. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Multipurpose Complex Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

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Intending to create a new architectural reference for the region of , the Multipurpose Complex becomes a new destination in the city. Designed by FGMF Arquitetos, the building creates a landmark in the landscape through the uses of retail, office buildings, and modular offices. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parque Burle Marx Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

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The proposal for the Parque Burle Marx offers a mix of offices, office and residential buildings, local commerce, and urban park, and an ecological station for conservation areas. Designed by De Fournier & Associados, the Faunal corridor, which will extend one of the most important biomes of , will comprise of volumes harmonically integrated to the morphology of the terrain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Loft in Itaim / FGMF Arquitetos

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Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Ana Paula Barbosa, Marília Caetano
Team: Madalena Vidal
Project Area: 162 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fran Parente

Bic Banco Headquarters / Kiko Salomão

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Architects: Kiko Salomão
Location: São Paulo,
Project Team: , Ana Lino, Rafael Palombo, Renata Leite, André Almeida, Sophia Helena, Livia Reginato, Marília Franco, Renata Gola.
Project Area: 2,330 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fran Parente

Brasilia Government Forges Controversial Contract with Singapore

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While known as the extraordinary city which Niemeyer built, Brasilia is not without its problems. As a recent BBC article noted, while Niemeyer’s architecture is certainly appreciated by its residents, the city itself (designed for the car) lacks a human-scale, mixed neighborhoods, and the vibrant street life which so defines or São Paulo.  The city is in need of a face-lift, but who should be responsible for Brasilia’s new face?

Well, if the debates and arguments at the XXIV Pan American Congress of Architects (XXIV CPA), which took place this November, are anything to go by, it certainly should not be those who have just been given the job.

Brasilia’s Government has contracted consulting company Jurong, based in Singapore, with designing a new Masterplan known as “Brasilia Plan 2060.” The move, which was taken with no outside participation or input, was criticized (loudly) – not only by Brazilian architects and urban planners, but by the majority of American and European professionals present at the XXIV CPA.

More details on this controversial move, after the break…

Films & Architecture: “Oscar Niemeyer – Life is a Breath of Air”

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By now, there’s no architect in the world unaware of ’s passing, or the legacy he left over his 104 years.

In honor of the greatest Brazilian architect of our time, we invite you to enjoy this interesting documentary, which shows how Neimeyer’s work, which changed the paradigm of architecture and went beyond any stereotype, was just as unique as his noble perspective on life.

The Construction of Brasilia, Photos by Marcel Gautherot

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The construction of , the federal capital of Brazil and an icon of Brazilian Modernism, began in 1956. Initially planned by the urbanist Lúcio Costa for 500,000 inhabitants (today it holds 2.5 million), gained fame for its remarkable buildings, designed by . Today,  is the only 20th century city in the world to have been awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

In honor of the late Oscar Niemeyer, we’ve gathered some stunning black and white photos taken by Franco-Brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer’s emblematic buildings – including the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil. See them all, after the break…

Sao Paulo’s New Green Urban Planning Policy

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The new Água Espraiada Operação Urbana program in Sao Paulo has taken a major approach to sustainability. With this plan in action, the Rochaverá Corporate Towers, a high profile mixed residential, office, and shopping complex, is a great example. The recently built project is located at a former industrial area along the Pinheiros River Basin. This enormous 1.2-million-square-foot development, designed by Aflalo and Gasperini Architects, was built to be highly energy efficient, control water usage, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and ease traffic congestion. With the success of the mentioned project, we can begin to ask ourselves, ‘How can a development accomplish all of those objectives?’ Start with urban planning that mitigates sprawl, one of biggest threats to the planet today. More information after the break.

Guest House / doisamaisv arquitetos

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Architects: doisamaisv arquitetos
Location: , São Paulo, Brasil
Design Team: Fabiana Cyon, Ana Paula de Castro, Vito Macchione Ferreira
Area: 3,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fran Parente

Boaçava House / Una Arquitetos

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Architects: Una Arquitetos
Location: Sao Paulo,
Design Team: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

AD Round Up: Architecture in Brazil

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Today we celebrate ’s Republic Day  with great architecture from a great country. The main image belongs to Carapicuiba House designed by Angelo Bucci and Alvaro Puntoni. Don’t miss Isay Weinfeld’d  Livraria da Vila or Pier House  by  Gabriel Grinspum + Mariana Simas. Revisit the great Fundação Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre by Pritzker Prize, Alvaro Siza. Finally, check out Marcio Kogan’s House 6 designed by Marcio Kogan.

Piratininga São Paulo High-Rise Housing Proposal / OODA

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OODA shared with us their design proposal for an iconic high-rise with 40 stories in . Invited to participate in the competition, the we challenge was to merge in just one whole both tourist apartments and luxury residences with plenty of common spaces, gardens and sightseeing spaces. More images and a brief description after the break.

EF Offices / ST Arquitetura

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Architects: ST Arquitetura
Location: , Brazil
Project Manager: Stephan Steyer
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patricia Nogueira

JPGN House / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

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Architects: Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira
Location: Brasília,
Architect In Charge: Danilo Matoso Macedo
Collaborators: Angela Nemer, Simone Fonseca, Viviane Berlim
Structure: Marcello Usai
Lot Area: 800 sqm
Area: 355 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Joana França

Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse Proposal / RUA Arquitetos

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RUA Arquitetos shared with us their design for the Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse in which is organized like a comfortable veranda, dissolving the limits between the landscape, the building, and the users. As Rio citizens, the architects wanted an architecture that expressed the city’s lifestyle, one that was tropical, open and generous, like a big varanda leaning over the golf course. They reconfigured the concept of ‘veranda’ with a large, extremely light roofing around which the clubhouse’s activities are organized. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Olympic Golf Camp Headquarters Competition Entry / Group8

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To enhance its belonging to the green world the new Olympic Golf Camp Headquarters aims to become a landscape icon merging with the nature of the site. Designed by Group8, the buildings are made by cutting the ground at different points and then by lifting it up at some corners. The newly created landscape is oriented according to the context and the program offering good protection from the ‘superblocks’ complex next to them. More images and architects’ description after the break.