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Monocle's Inaugural Conference In Lisbon Asks: What Is Quality Of Life?

05:00 - 28 April, 2015

Monoclea briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design, was founded by in 2007 by Tyler Brûlé, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper*. With over thirty correspondents working around the world, the magazine also has local bureaux in Tokyo, New York City, Hong Kong, Zürich, Toronto, Istanbul and Singapore. This month saw the publication host their inaugural international conference, centering on the enduring theme that has preoccupied the magazine since launch: Quality of Life.

Set against the backdrop of Portugal's capital, Lisbon, the event was hosted by Brûlé alongside editors Andrew Tuck, Robert Bound, Sophie Grove and Steve Bloomfield. The opinions of twenty-three internationally renowned speakers―including Martin Roth (Director of London's Victoria & Albert Museum), Taco Dibbits (of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum) and Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, alongside the Mayors of Oslo and Porto―were keenly listened to by 160 delegates who had traveled from across the world. The points for discussion allowed for a breadth of discourse that spanned housing and urbanism, to explorations of the 'high street' and the significance of the museum in the contemporary city. The thematic scope of these conversations made them accessible, inspirational and, more importantly, both relevant and widely applicable.

Isay Weinfeld discussing 'How to build the perfect house'. Image © Rodrigo Cardoso Delegates in the conference hall of the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel, Lisbon. Image © Rodrigo Cardoso Coffee on the terrace of the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel, Lisbon. Image © Rodrigo Cardoso Lunch on the terrace of the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel, Lisbon. Image © Rodrigo Cardoso +4

AD Round Up: Architecture in Brazil II

00:00 - 27 June, 2014
AD Round Up: Architecture in Brazil II, Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos. Image © Eduardo Eckenfels
Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos. Image © Eduardo Eckenfels

World Cup coverage has brought Brazil to the forefront of the public’s attention. While the country’s hasty construction of 12 massive stadiums has received criticism, this article from Christopher Hawthorne at the LA Times reveals that Brazil is, now more than ever, a hotbed of architectural progress. In light of this, we’ve compiled some of our favorite works from this year’s World Cup host country, including: Tacoa ArquitetosAdriana Varejão Gallery, JPGN House by Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira, a welcome center by Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos, and Um House by Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados.  Also included is the 360° Building by Isay Weinfeld, Galeria House by MACh Arquitetos, Ipes House by Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis, a night club by Muti Randolph + Marcelo Pontes + Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos, and NITSCHE ARQUITETOSBernard Luis housing condominium.  Enjoy!

Fazenda Boa Vista - Spa / Isay Weinfeld

01:00 - 17 January, 2014
Fazenda Boa Vista - Spa / Isay Weinfeld, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto Feliz, Porto Feliz - SP, Brazil
  • Project Manager

    Monica Cappa Santoni
  • Collaborators

    Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
  • Area

    1739.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Exhibition: Isay Weinfeld at Espasso

00:00 - 30 October, 2013
Exhibition: Isay Weinfeld at Espasso

Isay Weinfeld, the multi-award winning Brazilian architect and designer, will be opening his first ever US exhibit at Espasso in conjunction with the launch of a new monograph that takes a closer look at his recent projects.

360° Building / Isay Weinfeld

01:00 - 23 October, 2013
360° Building / Isay Weinfeld, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Project Manager

    Elena Scarabotolo
  • Design Team

    Gabriel Bicudo, Manoel Maia
  • Area

    2797.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Livraria da Vila / Isay Weinfeld

00:00 - 10 August, 2009
Frontal view © Leonardo Finotti
Frontal view © Leonardo Finotti

Brazilian architecture has produced interesting works in the business/retail area, often limited to just interior design. Recent works by Marcio Kogan, Marcelo Alvarango  or Tao Arquitetura are good examples of a tradition that, in my personal opinion, has a peak at Mendes da Rocha’s Forma store in Sao Paulo. If you ever go to Sao Paulo to visit local architecture, don´t be afraid of your girlfriend/wife taking you to shopping, there´s lots to see there.

Leonardo Finotti shared with us an interesting project by local architect Isay Weinfeld that is up to this brazilian standard, the Libraria da Vila bookstore in Sao Paulo. An hermetic volume with a pivoting book facade contains an interesting space filled with books distributed over 3 levels as you can see on the photos: