Architecture Photography: Lina Bo Bardi’s ‘Sesc Pompeia’

© Fernando Pires

The designer and photographer Fernando Pires has completed a photographic series on Sesc Pompéia, one of Lina Bo Bardi‘s most significant works.

The photographer’s series explores that symmetry in Bo Bardi’s brutalist design, in which two colors, red and concrete-gray, unite harmoniously.

See more of Pires’ images, after the break…

Container Project / H²O Arquitetura

© Guilherme Rebelo

Architects : H²O Arquitetura
Location: Tatuapé,
Project Architects: Aleksandro Almeida, Anselmo Oliveira Jr.
Artist: Anselmo Oliveira Jr
Project Area: 46 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Guilherme Rebelo

D-Edge / Muti Randolph + Marcelo Pontes + Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos

© Maíra Acayaba

Architects : Muti Randolph + 
Location: Barra Funda, , Brazil
Interior Architects: Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos
Interior Architecture And Stage Development: Zemel + Chalabi arquitetos – Paula Zemel, Eduardo Chalabi
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

Estar Móveis / SuperLimão Studio

© Maira Acayaba

Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: São Paulo,
Contractor: ANF Engenharia
Area: 250 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Maira Acayaba

MG Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados
Location: São Paulo,
Site Area: 1,293 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nelson Kon

RedBull Station Sao Paulo / Triptyque

© Pedro Kok

Architects: Triptyque
Location: São Paulo,
Partners: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Olivier Rafaëlli e Guillaume Sibaud
Team: Pedro de Mattos Ferraz, Collaborators: Thiago Bicas, Ricardo Innecco, Luísa Vicentini, Sofia Saleme, Priscila Fialho, Murillo Fantinati, Natallia Shiroma, Nely Silveira 
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Kok, Courtesy of

M&M Residence / Bonina Arquitetura

© Tony Chen

Architects: Bonina Arquitetura
Location: São Paulo,
Project Team: Mauricio Takahashi (Author), Denise Hino, Rosa Fumie Satomi, Ana Paula Nemoto
Project Area: 318 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Tony Chen

Fate of Niemeyer Memorial Uncertain After Damaging Fire

© Ricardo Matsukawa / Terra

A recent fire at ’s Memorial of Latin America, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, has left the fate of the building uncertain.

According to the chairman of the Memorial, João Batista de Andrade, they are waiting for the Fire Department and the police to finish their investigations before determining what action will be taken: ”We need to know what is the impact of the fire on the building’s structure. If we need to demolish, regrettably it will have to be done. If safety requires, we will demolish.”

More details on the fire, after the break…

Sao Paulo: 5 Great Buildings

Producers Monstro Filmes have shared with us a gorgeous animation: an homage to the city of and its five major architectural icons.

São Paulo: 5 Grandes Construções (Sao Paulo: 5 Great Buildings) highlights the Martinelli Building, Banespa, MASP, COPAN and Unique. Clearly inspired by ”Chicago – Five Great Buildings,” by Al Boardman, the video uses simple, fluid lines to represent and reveal each building’s unique form.

Why Iwan Baan’s TED Talk Was Right

YouTube Preview Image

’s recent TED talk on ingenious informal settlement ‘architecture’ became instantly popular, clearly striking a chord with people across the globe. The lecture has been called everything from heartwarming to condescending, but for Parsons graduate students Meagan Durlak and James Frankis it was reaffirming. Durlak and Frankis have spent time working in Sao Paolo’s favelas and understand that finding a balance between the good and the bad is key to the revitalization of these settlements. This article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as “Response to Iwan Baan’s TED Talk,” journals some of their experiences working in South American slums, and why we need to stop treating those slums as a blight. 

Meagan Durlak and I were excited to see the talk by architectural photographer Iwan Baan on the ingenuity found within informal settlements. In his presentation he walks us through a range of communities across the world, capturing many such settlements, including houses above a lagoon and a repurposed office block.

Baan’s view of informal settlements resonates with our own work; it’s an under-told story that we very much applaud. He shows an overview of people’s lives and their unique methods for adapting to difficult conditions. Perhaps as interesting as his film are the reactions to it from TED viewers. Many found the innovation in informal settlements to be inspiring and heartwarming; others claimed that this talk is just a life affirming story for the rich 1% of the world, perpetuating inaction for areas which need immediate aid. The two sides of the argument reminded us of our own work and the battles we have gone through in trying to wrap our heads around the systems of informal settlements, as well as the difficulties we have had in explaining their hidden properties to others.

Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE) / Paulo Mendes da Rocha

© Paul Clemence

Keep an eye out, or you might miss the Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (a.k.a. MuBE, pronounced MOO-bee). Widely considered the masterpiece of Pritzker Prize-winner , the building was in fact born out of the desire to have no building at all. When in the 1980s an empty lot in Sao Paulo’s mansion-laden Jardins district was slated to become a shopping mall, wealthy residents successfully lobbied to create a public square instead. To sweeten the deal and ensure the land stayed commercial-free, they hired Mendes de Rocha to create MuBE. Completed in 1995, the 7000-sq-meter museum hunkers down beneath ground level, thus preserving what in Sao Paulo is that rarest of luxuries: a public green space.

Fernando Jaeger Store / SuperLimão Studio

© Maíra Acayaba

Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: São Paulo,
Project Area: 605 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

360° Building / Isay Weinfeld

© FG+SG

Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Design Team: Gabriel Bicudo, Manoel Maia
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Area: 2,797 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG+SG

Working in Brazil: The Pros & Cons

View of Rio De Janeiro. Image © SCIENTIFANTASTIC

In this article, which originally appeared on AIArchitectSara Fernández Cendón discusses the opportunities and challenges for US architects who are taking advantage of ’s development boom, particularly in the wake of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Until Brazil was selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, only three countries had hosted both events back-to-back. Successful bids for either event are usually equal parts proof that the country already has what it takes and a promise that it will do whatever else necessary to make things run smoothly.

In Brazil’s case, the “promise” part has generated a handful of projects for architectural firms around the world; Populous is responsible for conceptual design a stadium in the city of Natal, for example. And some observers believe that World Cup building delays could generate a rush of last-minute opportunities for foreign construction professionals. But even if these two headline-grabbing events haven’t been fully planned and designed by foreigners new to Brazil, the country is evolving into an emerging market for American architects, built on its intense thirst for upgraded commercial and transit infrastructure.

Cube House / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Suzana Glogowski

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + 
Location: São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
Collaborators: Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas
Project Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
Area: 540 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Jardim Edite Social Housing / MMBB Arquitetos + H+F Arquitetos

© Nelson Kon

Architects: MMBB Arquitetos, H+F Arquitetos
Location: Avenida Engenheiro Luís Carlos Berrini – Itaim Bibi, São Paulo, Brazil
Team: Marta Moreira, Milton Braga e Fernando de Mello Franco
Team: Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú
Mmbb Collaborators: Eduardo Martini, Marina Sabino, Giovanni Meirelles, Cecilia Góes, Gleuson Pinheiro Silva, Adriano Bergemann, André Rodrigues Costa, Maria João Figueiredo, Martin Benavidez, Naná Rocha, Tiago Girao, Guilherme Pianca, Giselle Mendonça, Eduardo Pompeo, Rafael Monteiro e Lucas Vieira
H+F Collaborators: Tammy Almeida, Joel Bages, Natália Tanaka, Diogo Pereira, Gabriel Rocchetti, Danilo Hideki, Thiago Benucci, Mariana Puglisi, Luca Mirandola, Thiago Moretti, Luisa Fecchio, Bruno Nicoliello, Renan Kadomoto e Carolina Domshcke
Project Area: 25714.0 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nelson Kon

AP 1211 / Alan Chu

© Djan Chu

Architects: Alan Chu
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Anita Meduna
Area: 25 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Djan Chu

BT House / Studio Guilherme Torres

© Denilson Machado

Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Location: ,
Landscape: Alex Hanazaki
Year: 2012
Photographs: Denilson Machado