Rio de Janeiro selected to host UIA 2020 World Congress of Architects

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Rio de Janeiro has been selected to host World Congress of Architects UIA 2020, one of the world’s most important architecture forums. The news was announced yesterday by one of the UIA’s former presidents and current Secretary of the Session, Vassils Sgoutas, during the General Assembly of this year’s congress in , South Africa. Rio’s application was spearheaded by Brazil’s most important architecture institution – Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil (IAB). The South American city beat out two strong candidates: Melbourne and Paris.

After the presentations of the three candidate cities, two rounds of voting began. In the first round Rio got 85 votes, against Melbourne’s 73 votes and Paris’ 44 votes. In the second round Rio beat Melbourne with 107 votes against 95. 

Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction

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“Building a house takes time and money,“ said Marcio, a local resident of Complexo do Alemão, one of Rio de Janeiro’s numerous , as he showed me around his house. This is why a house is often built over several generations: a floor may be laid, columns erected (rebar protruding), and a thin tin roof placed, but this is just to mark where the next builder should finish the job. “Constructing a roof with tiles is not a sign of wealth here — rather, it means that there’s not enough money to continue constructing the house,” explains Manoe Ruhe, a Dutch urban planner who has lived in the favela for the last six months.

An architect who has always been fascinated by the way people live, I had come to do a residency at Barraco # 55, a cultural center in Complexo do Alemão, in order to learn how its citizens went about building their communities. I had many questions: are there rules of construction? What are the common characteristics of each house? Do they follow the same typology? How are the interiors of the homes? What construction techniques and what materials are used?

Linx Hotel International Airport Galeão / OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Architects: OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: de Janeiro, Brasil
Project Architects: Carolina Souza Pinto, Lucas Obino, Cristiano Selbach Carneiro
Project Team: André Fauri, Carlota Vázquez, Erika Hartmann, Franco Miotto, Gelson Saldanha, Louise Serraglio, Luísa Dornelles, Roberto Flores, Stefânia Pilz
Project Area: 7,528 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

Maracanã Stadium Roof Structure / schlaich bergermann und partner

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Engineers: schlaich bergermann und partner
Location: Maracanã Stadium – Maracanã, – RJ, 20271-150
Area: 45700.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: schlaich bergermann und partner, Marcus Bredt

KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics

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Chun Qing Li, founder director of London-based KREOD, has revealed planes for a 1,200 square meter international trade pavilion for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Floating on a platform in the Barra de Tijuca lagoon, adjacent to Olympic Park, the pavilion is expected to bring together entrepreneurs and industry leaders from Brazil, the United Kingdom and China to discuss future of business and showcase their products.

Rio to Host TEDGlobal 2014

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The world is experiencing exponential growth and , a true megalopolis of six million people, is a prime example. Thus, TEDGlobal 2014 has announced they will be “setting up shop” in Rio’s Copacabana Beach theater in the search to find “fresh thinking” in emerging geographies.

More than 40 speakers and performers have confirmed their attendance, each focusing on the “many facets of the Global South’s rise in influence and power” and relevant new stories from around the world.

Register here and continue after the break for complete list of confirmed speakers and Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes’ TED Talk “Four commandments of cities”…

Void General Store / Tavares Duayer Arquitetura

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Architects: Tavares Duayer Arquitetura
Location: Leblon, de Janeiro,
Area: 21 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: João Duayer

SESC Barra Secondary School / Indio da Costa Arquitetura

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Architects: Indio da Costa Arquitetura
Location: , Brasil
Project Architect: Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa
Co Authors: Claudia Amorim, Carlota Sampaio, Lourenço Gimenez
Project Area: 55,000 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Pedro Kok, Cesar Duarte

Humanidade Pavillion 2012 / Carla Juaçaba + Bia Lessa

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Architects: Carla Juaçaba +
Location: Fort Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro,
Project Direction: Bia Lessa
Team: Antonio Pedro Coutinho, Pedro Varella, Sergio García–Gasco Lominchar, Elza Burgos de La Prida, Argus Caruso
Trainees: Daniel Cuchicho / Rita D’aguilar, Barbara Cutlak e Alvaro Pitas
Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Carla Juaçaba + Bia Lessa

House Varanda / Carla Juaçaba

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Architects: Carla Juaçaba
Location: Barra da Tijuca, , Brasil
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Fran Parente

Latin America’s Top 8 Smart Cities

Santiago, Chile took the top spot on the list. Image Courtesy of Plataforma Urbana

In this article for Fast Company, Boyd Cohen counts down the top 8 smart cities in Latin America. Using publicly available data and his own comprehensive framework to evaluate how smart a city is, he has generated a list which even he admits features a couple of surprises in the top spots. To see the list and discover what each city has achieved to deserve its ranking, you can read the full article here.

Cidade Das Artes / Christian de Portzamparc

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Architects: Christian de Portzamparc
Location: de Janeiro,
Area: 46000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nelson Kon, Courtesy of Christian de Portzamparc

Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium – Maracanã / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
Location: Maracanã – Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Maracanã, , 20271-150, Brasil
Architect In Charge: Daniel Hopf Fernandes
Year: 2013
Photographs: Erica Ramalho, Courtesy of , Marcelo Santos

A Kickstarter Campaign to Paint Entire Favela in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Painting: Rio Cruzeiro, realized in 2008. Image Courtesy of Favela Painting’s Page

Dutch duo Haas and Hahn gained fame in 2005 for painting a few houses of Rio Janeiro’s in a palate of bright hues. Now they’re back again, this time with a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds to paint the rest of the favela in the hopes of further transforming this crime-ridden community.

Video: Rio de Janeiro timelapse

de Janeiro has become one of the most popular destinations right now, hosting some games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Joe Capra shared with us this timelapse video he made on the Brazilian city. Besides the fantastic natural settings that surround the city, you can also see the contrast with a few shots of the popular favelas.

Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle

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Designed by Buro AD and SPECTACLE for this year’s CityVision Competition, their Rio de Inverso proposal critically addresses the historically cyclical attempts by urban planners to impose order post ex-facto on ’s informally created, complex and spatially rich urban fabric. With the theme of the competition ‘sick and wonder (wonder and disgust),’  the architects demonstrate how the city was the arena for a continuous struggle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2013 Rio de Janeiro Cityvision Competition Winners Announced

1st prize – Donghua Chen

CityVision just announced the winners of the Rio de Janeiro Competition, their fifth international ideas competition which was launched earlier this year with the purpose of providing a vision on Rio de Janeiro’s future. Upon receiving 68 proposals from all five continents, this year’s jury selected a winner and 9 honorable mentions. The first place was awarded to Donghua Chen from China, for his project ”Ceu de Janeiro” which doesn’t focus on monopoly or unity, but an interchanging environment or integration. More images and information on the winning proposals after the break.

MAR – Rio Art Museum / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura

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Architects: Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
Project Architects: Paulo Jacobsen, Bernardo Jacobsen e Thiago Bernardes
Project Coordination: José Luis Canal e Ricardo Castello Branco
Project Team: Aline Bianca de Almeida, Bruna Fregonezi, Daniel Vannucchi, Edgar Murata, Fernanda Maeda, José Miguel de Sousa Ferreira, Lívia Ribas, Renata Leite, Maria Vittoria Oliveira, Maya Leal de Nobrega, Pedro Henrique Ramos, Priscilla Martins Costa e Veridiana Ruzzante.
Interiors:
Interiors Architect: Eza Viegas
Interiors Team: Isabel Beloniel, Luiza Torres Homem
Project Area: 11240.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti