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In Progress: MIS Copacabana / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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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

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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

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Tempo House / Gisele Taranto Arquitetura

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Images Revealed of Zaha Hadid’s First Project in Brazil

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, Rio de Janeiro, 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

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. 

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

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 cities 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

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.

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

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

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Uruguai Station / JBMC ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: JBMC ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • JBMC Architects: 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
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

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

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 Durban, 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

"Building a house takes time and money,“ said Marcio, a local resident of Complexo do Alemão, one of Rio de Janeiro’s numerous favelas, 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

  • Architects: OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro/Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) - Avenida Vinte de Janeiro, s/n° - Galeão, Ilha do Governador, Rio - Rio de Janeiro, 21941-570, 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: 7528.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi

Maracanã Stadium Roof Structure / schlaich bergermann und partner

  • Architects: schlaich bergermann und partner
  • Location: Maracanã Stadium - Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20271-150
  • Area: 45700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: schlaich bergermann und partner, Marcus Bredt

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KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics

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

The world is experiencing exponential growth and Rio de Janeiro, 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”...

SESC Barra Secondary School / Indio da Costa Arquitetura

  • Architects: Indio da Costa Arquitetura
  • Location: Escola SESC de Ensino Médio - Av. Ayrton Senna - Jacarepaguá, Rio - Rio de Janeiro, 22775-004, Brasil
  • Project Architect: Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa
  • Co-authors: Claudia Amorim, Carlota Sampaio, Lourenço Gimenez
  • Technical Team: Maria Teresa Mesquita, Ana Rita Figueira, André Barreto, Ligia Cury, Mariana Cailaux, Rodrigo Carneiro, Christian Smith, Joyce Camillo, Maurício Duarte, Igor de Vetyemy, Roberta Leite, Cesar Jordão
  • Project Area: 55000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photography: Pedro Kok, Cesar Duarte

© Cesar Duarte © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok