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: Rio de Janeiro,
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Team: Fausto Natsui, Tomás Gioia Brunoro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

2014 World Cup Final Stage Stadium / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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The design for the 2014 World Cup Final Stage Stadium by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados will provide a feeling of continuity as if the Maracanã, which is the original conception of the Journalist Mario Filho stadium, has scarcely changed. Once inside the main public areas, the old and the new will work together to create a modern yet familiar look and feel. The pinnacle of which occurs upon reaching the stands, revealing an entirely new stadium carved out of the original. The facade will be preserved, ensuring that, from the outside, the Maracanã appears almost untouched. The roof is one of the main new elements introduced, but will not bring any visual impact as it will not be visible from the outside. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan / LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura

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Architect: LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura
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Size:  1000 000 square meters
Status: Competition Entry

In keeping with the Olympic spirit, today we share a competition master plan entry for Rio by Colombia-based architect Luis Callejas, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e República Arquitetos.  Although Callejas has been practicing professional for four short years, he has already made quite an impression on the architecture world.  In that time, Callejas has designed and realized two of the most relevant recent projects in Latin America for public sports infrastructure: The aquatic center for the South American Games of 2010, and the complete renovation of the main soccer stadium in Bogota, Colombia.  For his scheme for Rio’s Olympic Park master plan,    the park functions sectionally as the sporting functions – both the main areas and the support spaces – are organized in a stacked manner rather than pulled apart in plan.  This allows for a fluid and open space for audiences, and creates “No icons but one big vital scenario halfway between a small city and a big park.”

More about the competition entry after the break. 

‘Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers’ Exhibition / gmp Architekten

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Since Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg founded their architectural practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in Hamburg in 1965, they have carried out projects in almost all large cities in Germany and on four continents. The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC) presents an overview of gmp’s work with the international touring exhibition “Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers”, which is on now until to August 5. Sketches and drawings provide an idea of the initial conceptual thoughts, models present designs in their three dimensions and photos by well known architectural photographers document the completed buildings. More architects’ description after the break.

DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures Proposal / Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes

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Designed by Fabiano Ravaglia, Liebert Rodrigues, Vinícius Philot, Fernanda Marx, Tiago Mendonça, and Karen Novaes, the DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures competition proposal focuses on expansion and flexibility to create a new way of thinking about Brazilian social housing. Based on practices developed by the low-income residents of the social housings of Rio, the team objective is to formulate a set of strategies that could enable and encourage the expansion of housing but in a neatly way. By taking advantage of the existing structure and implantation and inside the constructive knowledge of the population, this will allow the enlargement when it suits them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten

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Mecanoo Architecten  shared with us their design for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, which will be the heart of the games. It was important to the architects to change the current paradigm, which opposes the real state logics to the public space quality, to a new one focused on the city’s sustainable development. Subdivided in programmatic bands in the direction north-south, the design is separated from each other by streets for cars and pedestrians. Therefore, this structure will determine the public character of the Olympic and Para-olympic Park, making it a vital part of the city, with lively public spaces and mixed-uses instead of a sectorized, monofunctional area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VINCI Partners International Headquarters / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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With at the center of such current worldwide attention, renowned architecture firms have been flocking to the country for work; partly to be associated with the upcoming 2014 World Cup and/or 2016 Summer Olympics, but also because Brazil’s current economy allows for booming architectural possibilities. The new Leblon Offices for VINCI Partners in Rio de Janeiro will be a historic first step for Richard Meier & Partners as their first architectural undertaking in South America, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

Macro Terminal Francisco Bicalho / Lucas Ramos, Priscila Bellas, Thiago De Almeida

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The project for the Macro inter-modal Terminal in the middle of Rio de Janeiro by Lucas Ramos, Priscila Bellas, and Thiago De Almeida seeks to create a new infrastructure to the city, which will create possibilities to transform an important axis of the city that nowadays is extremely undervalued and ignored into a new business center based in an efficient nodal point of different kinds of transport. In doing so, they chose to build a megastructure that possessed the ability to reorganize the different transport networks and their links with the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas : The Cost of the 2016 Olympic Games

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ArchDaily announced in October 2009 that Brazil will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games, in addition to the 2014 World Cup.  Just last August, was awarded the bid for the design of the 2016 Olympic Park in (watch the video here).  As preparations for the administrative business of the games seems to be going smoothly, events on the ground say otherwise.  The planned Olympic Park will be located on the current site of a favela with a reported population of 4,000  (New York Times: Simon Romero) , known as Vila Autodromo and Riocinha, and those citizens are not satisfied with the prospects of being relocated under the edict of Imminent Domain to satisfy the Olympic Organizing Committee.

More on this story after the break.

x-WEEK Event

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Studio-X, which is GSAPP’s (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation) global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities as part of Columbia University, will be putting on the ‘x-WEEK’ event which takes place March 6-9. The event, which is free to the public, traces a panorama on contemporary architectural thinking and design through a broad program at Studio-X Rio. More information on the event after the break.

Video: The City of Samba / Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli

As a follow up to last weeks coverage on the Rio Carnival 2012 kick-off in ’s newly renovated Sambadrome, we would like to share with you this stunning tilt-shift video capturing the essence of Rio de Janeiro and the colorful parade of the Carnival. You will also catch a glimpse of famous mosaic sidewalks of the Copacabana Beach Boardwalk designed by the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

Creators: Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli
Music: Jarbas Agnelli
Special Thanks: Rede Globo, Liesa and Jodele Larcher

*This video was filmed during Carnival of 2011.

Rio Carnival 2012 kicks off in Oscar Niemeyer’s newly renovated Sambadrome

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Brightly colored confetti and sequined samba queens covered the newly renovated Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, marking the beginning of the 2012 world-famous annual Carnival. Designed by ’s legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Sambadrome was originally constructed during the first government of Leonel Brizola (1983 – 1987) in an effort to provide Rio with an urban facility that would serve as the permanent location of the traditional spectacle of the samba school’s parade. Inaugurated in 1984, the Sambadrome is also known as the Catwalk Professor Darcy Ribeiro out of respect to the man who moved the parade to its current site. Continue for more.

Rubem Braga Elevator Complex / JBMC Arquitetura & Urbanismo

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Architects: JBMC Arquitetura & Urbanismo
Location: Rio de Janeiro,
Photographs: Celso Brando, JBMC

Cidade Nova Metro Station and Footbridge / JBMC Architecture

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Architects: JBMC (João Batista Martinez Corrêa, Beatriz Pimenta Corrêa, Emiliano Homrich, Cecília de Souza Pires, Gabriela Assis Guerra Costa)
Location: Avenida Presidente Vargas, Gamboa, Río De Janeiro,
Structural Enginner: Noronha Engenharia
Structural Consultant: Paulo Ricardo de Barros Mendes
Collaborators: Estúdio MAAC, Estúdio Maya, RC arquitetos, Plantae Paisagismo, Tria Design
Photographs: Nelson Kon

   

Rocinha Urban Strategy / Kyle Beneventi

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Right outside of lies Rocinha, the largest slum in South America. This informal settlement, first occupied by a community of farmers, has quickly developed into one of the most dense living situations on the planet. About half the size of Central Park in New York City, this favela is home to an estimated 150,000 people. With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games both taking place in , Rocinha will become a hot topic in the next few years. Due to its small size, this project by Kyle Beneventi proposes an urban strategy to make Rocinha a very walkable city, dealing principally with voids to break up the blanket of uniform building mass. More images and project description after the break.

Video: AECOM 2016 Olympic Park Masterplan Rio de Janeiro

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We reported earlier this week that AECOM will be designing the Olympic Park Masterplan for the 2016 Olympics that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, . The international competition winning entry’s concept of operation, separate access for athletes and the audience, logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and unique access for parking, made it stand out amongst the other submissions.

Olympic Port Competition Entry / Machado and Silvetti Associates with Jorge Mario Jáuregui

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Machado and Silvetti Associates shared with us their entry for the Olympic Port Competition that came in fourth place. This project proposal for the 2016 Olympic Media Village in includes housing for 11,000 people, retail and office space, a 5-star hotel and a convention center. To accommodate post-Olympic marketing of the buildings the entire residential and office program has the capacity to be transformed from a hotel setting with individually accessed bedrooms and private baths to two- and three-bedroom apartments and leasable tenant space.