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Monocle 24 Explore Architectural Competitions and 'Failed Bids'

For this week's edition of The Urbanist, Monocle's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team discuss urbanism projects that were planned and never realised, what 'paper architecture' really is, and the importance of the architectural competition.

In The Urbanist, Andrew Tuck explores how a terrace of old town houses in central London (152-158 The Strand, near Somerset House) have been recently saved from demolition by the efforts of campaigning journalists and a sympathetic public. In Brazil, the yet to be seen high-speed train link between Rio di Janeiro and São Paulo meets scrutiny while in Toronto, five unsuccessful architectural bids are examined. Finally, ArchDaily Editor James Taylor-Foster visits their London studio to talk about the architectural competition, from Brunelleschi to Guggenheim and Den Bosch.

Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village

For this week's edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the Monocle team take a trip to the near-complete Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, plus take a look at the history of the US Embassy in Havanna. The latest edition of The Urbanist explores etiquette and politeness in the metropolis, examining the unspoken rules of conduct that make our cities tick and delve into the psychology of 'urban etiquette'.

Listen to both episodes after the break.

Primary School MOPI Extension / Mareines+Patalano Arquitetura

  • Architects: Mareines+Patalano Arquitetura
  • Location: Itanhangá, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Ivo Mareines, Rafael Patalano e Flavia Lima
  • Area: 5610.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Construction Well Underway on Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro

Construction of Santiago Calatrava’s Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro is underway and on-track to be completed in the second half of 2015. Located on the Pier Mauá, the museum will encompass a 15,000m2 built area and include gardens, leisure areas, bike paths, and a reflective pool, totaling over 30,000m2. The ground floor of the museum will include a store, auditorium, temporary exhibit rooms, a restaurant, administrative offices and space for research and educational activities. The upper floor, connected to the ground floor with ramps, will include long-term exhibits, a café and a panoramic lookout. 

© Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence

Shelter Global Announces 2015 Dencity Competition Winners

International architecture non-profit Shelter Global has announced the winners of its 2015 Dencity Competition. Out of 300 entries from 50 different countries, three winners and six special mentions were selected.

The competition’s goal was “to foster new ideas on how to handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of the massive problem,” and jury members sought out project designs that empower communities and allow for self-sufficiency. Read about the three winners, after the break.

SICPA – Security Ink and Systems Factory / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

  • Architects: LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo
  • Location: Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Roberto Loeb and Luis Capote
  • Associated Architects: Damiano Leite and Chantal Longo
  • Project Area: 26000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

GN Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

  • Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Project Architect: Arthur Casas
  • Co-authors: Milena Chieco, Giulia Koeler, Renata Adoni
  • Project Area: 800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

Midrash / Isay Weinfeld

  • Architects: Isay Weinfeld
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team: Adriana Zampieri
  • Area: 395.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

  • Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team: Thiago Bernardes, Camila Tariki, Fabiana Porto, Francisco Abreu, Ilana Daylac, Antonia Bernardes, Thiago Moretti
  • Area: 550.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

The Architecture Of Death

At the 2014 Venice Biennale, away from the concentrated activity of the Arsenale and Giardini, was Death in Venice: one of the few independent projects to take root that year. The exhibition was curated by Alison Killing and Ania Molenda, who worked alongside LUST graphic designers. It saw the hospitals, cemeteries, crematoria and hospices of London interactively mapped creating, as Gian Luca Amadei put it, an overview of the capital's "micro-networks of death." Yet it also revealed a larger message: that architecture related to death and dying appears to no longer be important to the development of architecture as a discipline.

© A. Molenda © A. Molenda © A. Molenda © A. Molenda

Satellite Records World’s Largest Urban Art GIF in Rio de Janeiro

The Flamengo landfill in Rio de Janeiro was recently host the world's largest urban art GIF. Created by anonymous artist INSA, the work consisted of a huge floor painting that underwent minor changes recorded by the satellite 430 miles above the earth. 

Sponsored by Scotch whiskey brand Ballantine, the painting - 619,000-square-feet of yellow and pink hearts - was produced by a 20-person team over the course of four days. With each new picture, the team altered the illustration so that, by the end of the process, the recorded images created an animated GIF (as seen above).

VIDEO: Stunning Time-Lapse Captures Life in Rio de Janeiro

It’s no wonder that the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere. From Copacabana’s Balneario Beach to the iconic Cristo Redentor atop Corcovado, Rio is a “cidade maravilhosa” (marvelous city) with one of the most spectacular urban settings in the world. Capturing its mystic, the pros of Scientifantastic have posted a stunning time-lapse that captures life in the coastal Brazilian megalopolis.

Another, revealing the favelas of Brazil and more, after the break.

Lumini Rio / studio mk27

  • Architects: studio mk27
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co –Architect : Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes
  • Project Team : Carlos Costa, Dimitre Gallego, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto
  • Area: 312.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Reinaldo Cóser

© Reinaldo Cóser © Reinaldo Cóser © Reinaldo Cóser © Reinaldo Cóser

Brise House / Gisele Taranto Arquitetura

© MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio

In Progress: MIS Copacabana / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photograph: Marcelo Horn / GOVERJ - Source: Fotos Públicas Photograph: Marcelo Horn / GOVERJ - Source: Fotos Públicas Photograph: Marcelo Horn / GOVERJ - Source: Fotos Públicas Photograph: Marcelo Horn / GOVERJ - Source: Fotos Públicas

Kotobuki Restaurant / Ivan Rezende Arquitetura

  • Architects: Ivan Rezende Arquitetura
  • Location: Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team: Anna Valente, Andrea Lima, Patricia Gouvea, Ana Cecilia Santana, Domenica Falacio
  • Area: 265.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: MCA Studio

© MCA Studio © MCA Studio © MCA Studio © MCA Studio

JMF Residence / Ivan Rezende Arquitetura

  • Architects: Ivan Rezende Arquitetura
  • Location: Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team: Anna Valente, Andrea Lima, Patricia Gouvea, Ana Cecilia Santana, Domenica Falacio, Mariana Ribas, Maria Mahmoud, Adhora Santos, Thiago Vidal
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: MCA Studio

© MCA Studio © MCA Studio © MCA Studio © MCA Studio