GN Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

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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

Midrash / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: – State of ,
Design Team: Adriana Zampieri
Area: 395.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Casa 12×12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

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Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
Location: – State of , Brazil
Design Team: Thiago Bernardes, Camila Tariki, Fabiana Porto, Francisco Abreu, Ilana Daylac, Antonia Bernardes, Thiago Moretti
Area: 550.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: 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 , 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.

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 mural underwent minor changes recorded by the 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

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Architects: studio mk27
Location: Rio de Janeiro – State of Rio de Janeiro,
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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Reinaldo Cóser

Brise House / Gisele Taranto Arquitetura

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Architects: Gisele Taranto Arquitetura
Location: – State of ,
Area: 1246.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: MCA Estudio

In Progress: MIS Copacabana / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Photograph: Marcelo Horn / GOVERJ - Source: Fotos Públicas

Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Location: Avenida Atlântica, , Brasil
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Marcelo Horn / GOVERJ / Fotos Públicas

Kotobuki Restaurant / Ivan Rezende Arquitetura

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

Tempo House / Gisele Taranto Arquitetura

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Architects: Gisele Taranto Arquitetura
Location: – State of ,
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Denilson Machado – MCA Estudio

Images Revealed of Zaha Hadid’s First Project in Brazil

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Images of Zaha Hadid’s first project in Brazil – and in South America — have been revealed. The “Casa Atlântica” residential tower will have eleven floors and a rooftop pool and be built in Copacabana, , according to local paper O Globo.

Located on Atlântica Avenue, “Casa Atlântica” will be the only building on its lot, yet seeks to complement the surrounding environment and neighborhood.

The project was commissioned by businessman, Omar Peres, who acquired the land for R$ 23 million ($8.5 million).

TED Talk: How Painting Can Transform Communities / Haas&Hahn

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First inspired with a grand vision to transform Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious slum into a community united by color, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn of Haas&Hahn have found an ingenious and stunning way to empower some of the world’s most impoverished communities through art.

Most of you by now have heard of their initiative, Favela Painting. Using the same improvised logic of growth as the slums themselves, Favela Painting has become a community-driven artistic intervention that has transformed slums and neglected neighborhoods, from Haiti to Philadelphia, into prideful works of art. And, just as Haas&Hahn describe in their Talk above, these transformations are impossible without the support of the community. Therefore at the start of each project, the two artists host a neighborhood barbecue, as they have learned that food is the best (and quickest) way to any community’s heart. Watch the Talk above to learn just how Haas&Hahn made the seemingly impossible, possible.

Six Teams Studying Uneven Growth to Exhibit Proposals for Expanding Megacities at MoMA

Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

As the culmination of a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities for rapid growth in six megalopolises – Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro – the Museum of Modern Art is preparing to open Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities on November 22. The exhibition will present mappings of emergent modes of tactical urbanism from around the globe alongside proposals for a bottom-up approach to urban growth in the highlighted by six interdisciplinary teams made up of local practitioners and international architecture and urbanism experts.

Curator Pedro Gadanho, in collaboration with the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), states: 

“The exhibition features design scenarios for future developments that simultaneously raise awareness of the prevailing inequalities in specific urban areas and confront the changing roles of architects vis-à-vis ever-increasing urbanization. Each team in the exhibition was asked to consider how emergent forms of tactical urbanism can respond to alterations in the nature of public space, housing, mobility, spatial justice, environmental conditions, and other major issues in near-future urban contexts.” 

A synopsis of each team’s work, after the break.

From Bogotá to Bombay: How the World’s ‘Village-Cities’ Facilitate Change

“Village-cities,” Usme – Bogotá, Colombia. Image © Laura Amaya

Perched behind the fog that conceals Bogotá’s mountains is William Oquendo’s house. It is a labyrinth of doors and windows, wherein a bedroom opens into the kitchen and a bathroom vents out into the living room.

Five thousand 5,000 kilometers away in Rio de Janeiro, Gilson Fumaça lives on the terrace level of a three-story house built by his grandfather, his father, and now himself. It’s sturdy; made out of brick and mortar on the ground floor, concrete on the second, and a haphazard combination of zinc roof tiles and loose bricks on the third. The last is Gilson’s contribution, which he will improve as his income level rises.

On the other side of the world in Bombay (Mumbai since 1995), houses encroach on the railway tracks, built and rebuilt after innumerable demolition efforts. “The physical landscape of the city is in perpetual motion,” Suketu Mehta observes in ‘Maximum City.’ Shacks are built out of bamboo sticks and plastic bags; families live on sidewalks and under flyovers in precarious homes constructed with their hands. And while Dharavi—reportedly the largest slum in Asia—has better quality housing, running water, electricity and secure land tenure, this is not the case for most of the new migrants into the city.

Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – State of Rio de Janeiro,
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Co Authors: Christiane Trolesi, Mônica Nickel, Marcela Muniz, Renata Adoni.
Collaborators: André Chung, Christiana Matos
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro,
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Design Team: Milena Chieco, Flávia Castellan, Flávia Castellan, Joana Pini, Renata Adoni, Bruna Rizzi
Area: 667.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Uruguai Station / JBMC ARCHITECTS

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Architects: JBMC ARCHITECTS
Location: Tijuca, , Brazil
: Beatriz Pimenta Corrêa, Cecilia Pires, Cynthia Melo, Emiliano Homrich, Frederico Freitas, Gabriela Assis, João Batista Martinez Corrêa, Pedro Câmara and Sandra Morikawa
Jbmc : Caio D´Alfonso, Carina Oshita, Diogo Luz, Mariana Nito, Nara Borges and Raffaella Yacar
Area: 13774.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nelson Kon