Latin America’s Top 8 Smart Cities

, 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: , Brazil
Area: 46000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nelson Kon, Courtesy of

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

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

Dutch duo Haas and Hahn gained fame in 2005 for painting a few houses of Rio Janeiro’s favelas 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

Rio 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

Video: Maracanã’s Face Lift, Raising the Roof

Engineer Nelson Fiedler has gone to great heights to revamp ’s famous sports venue.

Homeless World Cup Legacy Center / Architecture For Humanity

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Architects: Architecture For Humanity
Location: Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro,
Associated Architects: and Nanda Eskes Arquitetura
Project Coordinator: Michael Jones
Design Fellow: Daniel Feldman
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Architecture For Humanity

British Architects Seek Infrastructure Opportunities in Brazil

AECOM Masterplan of Olympic Park

Led by UK housing minister Mark Prisk, architects from five high-profile British practices – Haworth Tompkins, Foster & Partners, Amanda Levete Architects, Avanti Architects and – have embarked on a week-long visit to Brazil in search of major infrastructure opportunities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. The trip is part of the UKBrasil Season, a six-month series of dynamic and engaging projects designed to showcase the best of British business, culture, science and innovation in Brazil and become the largest post-Olympic legacy project in the world.

Mark Prisk stated: “Brazilian companies in these cities are actively looking for fast-track construction systems, innovative building materials and low carbon solutions to meet current and future demand, not only in preparation for hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games but also to compete in the country’s many major infrastructure projects.

More after the break…

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.

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.

Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse Proposal / RUA Arquitetos

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RUA Arquitetos shared with us their design for the Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse in which is organized like a comfortable veranda, dissolving the limits between the landscape, the building, and the users. As Rio citizens, the architects wanted an architecture that expressed the city’s lifestyle, one that was tropical, open and generous, like a big varanda leaning over the golf course. They reconfigured the concept of ‘veranda’ with a large, extremely light roofing around which the clubhouse’s activities are organized. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Olympic Golf Camp Headquarters Competition Entry / Group8

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To enhance its belonging to the green world the new Olympic Golf Camp Headquarters aims to become a landscape icon merging with the nature of the site. Designed by Group8, the buildings are made by cutting the ground at different points and then by lifting it up at some corners. The newly created landscape is oriented according to the context and the program offering good protection from the ‘superblocks’ complex next to them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio 2016: RUA Arquitetos to design Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse

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The Brazilian Institute of Architects and Rio de Janeiro department (IAB-RJ) have announced architects Pedro Évora and Pedro Rivera of RUA Arquitetos as winners of a competition to design the 2016 Olympic golf course clubhouse. The competition, open to professionals who graduated within the last 15 years, attracted entries from 82 teams of architects and landscape architects from across .

RUA Arquitetos’ winning scheme captures the atmosphere of Rio by showcasing the lush tropical landscape of Barra da Tijuca with a large veranda whose lightweight roof collects rainwater to irrigate the course.

Continue reading for the architects’ project description.

CASA FIRJAN da Indústria Criativa / Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos

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A cultural and educational space for creative industries, such as movie, TV, web design, fashion and performing arts, the first prize winning proposal for the CASA FIRJAN da Indústria Criativa unifies the educational, cultural and corporate segments. Designed by Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos, the project, located in , creates a hub for producers, consumers, and investors of these disciplines to provide interaction, networking and business opportunities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gero Restaurant / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: ,
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Team: Fausto Natsui, Tomás Gioia Brunoro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti