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 São Paulo’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 Paris, located in the heart of Paris. As the “House of ”, 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: Sao Paulo,
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 Paulo,
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.

Bacopari House / UNA Arquitetos

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Architects: UNA Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Project Team: Ana Paula de Castro, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Fabiana Cyon, Gabriela Gurgel, Enk te Winkel, Igor Cortinove, Marta Onofre, Miguel Muralha, Sílio Almeida
Project Area: 504 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

In Niemeyer and Costa Masks, Architects Protest the City of Brasilia

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Wearing masks with the faces of Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, architects and urban planners swarmed the 50th Annual IAB (Institute of Architects of ) Awards in Rio de Janeiro this week. The architects were protesting a contract the city government of Brasilia struck with a Singaporean firm to create an urban masterplan outlining the next 50 years of ’s future.

FG Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Henrique Reinach e Maurício Mendonça
Project Team: Humberto Buso, Luciana Maki, Frederico Zara Chiarelli, Lucas Padovani, Tony Chen, Marcello Zahr, Maurício Metello, Ana Júlia Sprovieri, Flora Fuji, Maíra Cordeiro, Rúbia Moreira, Flávia Henriques, Natália Campos, Jéssica Lianza, Lucas Pohl, Lucas Ferreira, Natasha Vilaça
Project Area: 1,152 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Legislative Chamber of the Federal Distric / Projeto Paulista Arquitetura

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Architects: Projeto Paulista Arquitetura
Built Project Coordinator: Luis Mauro Freire
Design Team: Luis Mauro Freire, Maria do Carmo Vilariño, Fábio Mariz Gonçalves, Zeuler Rocha Melo de Almeida Lima, Eurico Ramos Francisco e Lívia Leite França
Project Area: 48,277 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Shieh Arquitetos Associados
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Leonardo Shieh & Shieh Shueh Yau
Project Team: Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano
Structural Engineering: EMAC Projetos
Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering: CZN Engenharia
Site Area: 545 sqm
Project Area: 500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Stankuns

Studio R / Studio MK27

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Architects: Studio MK27
Location: São Paulo,
Architect In Charge:
Co Architects: Gabriel Kogan, Oswaldo Pessano
Customized Furniture: Gabriel Kogan, Carolina Castroviejo
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski, Renata Furlanetto
Collaborators: Fernando Falcon, Fabiana Cyon
Area: 373 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano Proposal / JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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The proposal for the future Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano, designed by JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo, will be developed in surface, in a place already occupied by the existing station, which will be deactivated after the new station starts operating. This project includes the main building of the station, which houses platforms and mezzanine, their accesses on both sides of the railways, bike rack, technical and operating room building, and water reservoirs. More images and architects’ description after the break.