“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?
Architects: OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: Rio 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
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.
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.
Architects: , Bia Lessa
Location: Fort Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Project Direction: Bia Lessa
Team: Antonio Pedro Coutinho, Pedro Varella, Sergio García–Gasco Lominchar, Elza Burgos de La Prida, Argus Caruso
Trainees: Daniel Cochicho / Rita D’aguilar, Barbara Cutlak e Alvaro Pitas
Photography: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Carla Juaçaba + Bia Lessa
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.
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.
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.
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 Rio de Janeiro’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.
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.
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: Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
Interiors Architect: Eza Viegas
Interiors Team: Isabel Beloniel, Luiza Torres Homem
Project Area: 11240.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti