Carla Juacaba Wins Inaugural arcVision Women and Architecture Prize

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Brazilian architect Carla Juaçaba has been announced as the winner of the inaugural arcVision – Women and Architecture Prize, an international social architecture award instituted by the Italcementi Group. The prize honors Juaçaba’s work for exemplifying significant qualitative excellence and attention to the core issues of construction, such as technology, sustainability, social and cultural implications.

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Nova Lima House / Denise Macedo Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Denise Macedo Arquitetos Associados
Location: , MG,
Project Architects: Denise Macedo, in partnership with Jr Piacesi
Collaborators: Patrícia Takamatsu, Ana Beatriz Cançado, Renato de Pieri, Bárbara Impelizieri, Alexandre Vasconcelos
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Gustavo Xavier

House in Itu / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Itu,
Leading Architect: Arthur Casas
Design Team: Alexandra Kayat, Regiane Khristian, Renata Adoni
Area: 950 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Vegetation Room Inhotim / Cristina Iglesias

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Architects: Cristina Iglesias
Location: Brumadinho, Minas Gerais,
Area: 81 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cristina Iglesias

New Leme Gallery / Paulo Mendes da Rocha + Metro Arquitetos

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Architects: Metro Arquitetos,
Location: Sao Paulo,
Authors: Paulo Medes da Rocha, Martin Corullon e Gustavo Cedroni, Anna Ferrari
Area: 592.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

British Architects Seek Infrastructure Opportunities in Brazil

AECOM Masterplan of Rio 2016 Olympic Park

Led by UK housing minister Mark Prisk, architects from five high-profile British practices – Haworth Tompkins, Foster & Partners, Amanda Levete Architects, and de Matos Ryan – have embarked on a week-long visit to in search of major infrastructure opportunities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. The trip is part of the UKBrasil Season, a six-month series of dynamic and engaging projects designed to showcase the best of British business, culture, science and innovation in Brazil and become the largest post-Olympic legacy project in the world.

Mark Prisk stated: “Brazilian companies in these cities are actively looking for fast-track construction systems, innovative building materials and low carbon solutions to meet current and future demand, not only in preparation for hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games but also to compete in the country’s many major infrastructure projects.

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Praça das Artes / Brasil Arquitetura

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Architects: Brasil Arquitetura
Location: Rua Conselheiro Crispiniano, São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Francisco Fanucci e Marcelo Ferraz com Luciana Dornellas
Project Area: 28,500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Rio de Janeiro CityVision Competition

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The Rio de Janeiro CityVision Competition is the fifth international ideas competition launched by CityVision with the purpose of providing a vision on ’s future. We live in a particular period, made so by a broader vision of history itself, for which “the sums don’t add up” and the meaning of “time” has lost its positive and progressive meaning, giving way to a “contemporary time” in which present, past and future (or rather our visions of it) seem to coexist. Reality is now compromised by the crisis and bad taste has prevailed. It has now become necessary to analyze the city and grasp the essence of its disgust. Submissions are due no later than June 11. For more information, please visit here.

Video: The churches of Ouro Preto, Hidden Gem

In this quiet colonial mining town nestled amongst the Serra do Espinhaço mountains evidence of an intense baroque revival can be seen in the 13 churches of .

K House / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: , Brasil
Architects In Charge: Arthur Casas, Regiane Khristian e Beto Cabariti
Area: 566.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Escola da Cidade Last Call for Post Graduation 2013

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Only a few days are left to apply to ’s Escola da Cidade – School of Architecture and Urbanism. Since 2009, the college has offered specialization courses; this year it is offering two non-degree graduate courses under the theme of  ”American Civilization – A Look through Architecture” ‘Housing and City’ and ‘Geography, City and Architecture’. 

AD Classics: Maison du Bresil / Le Corbusier

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Created as a microcosm of Brazilian life and culture, Maison du Bresil is a significant example of Le Corbusier’s high-density residential design. Inaugurated in 1959, it is one of twenty-three international residences at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de , located in the heart of . As the “House of Brazil”, the building acts as both a residence hall for Brazilian academics, students, teachers, and artists, and as a hub for Brazilian culture, by providing exhibition spaces and archival resources. Notably, the building has provided residence to famous Brazilians, such as the renowned journalist Barroso Zózimo do Amaral.

Graffiti Artist’s Mural Honors Oscar Niemeyer

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A true legacy in the field of architecture and beyond, Oscar Niemeyer, who died just this past December at the age of 104, has traveled into the heart of many, one of which is graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra. In honor of the Brazilian architect, Kobra created a 61-yard art piece on the side of a building in ’s financial district. The immense, colorful mural cannot be missed as people pass by and admire the work. Expressing Niemeyer’s love for concrete, curves and Le , the mural truly encompasses the architect’s aim to, “…produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.” More images can be viewed after the break.

Mistral Wine Store / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: São Paulo,
Author: Arthur Casas
Co Authors: Raphael França, Joana Oliveira
Area: 126,73 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

AM House / Drucker Arquitetura

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Architects: Drucker Arquitetura
Location: ,
Author Architect: Monica Drucker
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos

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Architects: Tacoa Arquitetos
Location: , Minas Gerais,
Design Team: Rodrigo Cerviño Lopez
Client: Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea
Cost: € 500,000
Area: 558 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Eduardo Eckenfels, Vicente de Mello

São Roque Residence / Tacoa Arquitetos

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Architects: Tacoa Arquitetos
Location: São Roque, , Brazil
Design Team: Rodrigo Cerviño Lopez, Fernando Falcon
Structure: Gepro Engenharia
Landscaping: Celia Alves
Construction: Lush Engenharia
Collaborators: Marcus Vinícius dos Santos, Eduardo Chalabi
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Trump Towers Proposal / Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos

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Designed by Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos, the Trump Towers is an innovative project that will contribute to the development of the port area of , the future home of the 2016 Olympic Games. Defined as five rather slender towers, with broad front to Francisco Bicalho Avenue, they are similar, equal in height and in geometrically tessellated form. This development is carefully arranged creating a sinuous line suggested by gardens occurring at different heights in each tower. This language gives a sense of order that connects with the landscape and stimulate diversity. More images and architects’ description after the break.