360° Building / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: São Paulo,
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 Brazil’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

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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

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Architects: MMBB Arquitetos, H+F Arquitetos
Location: Avenida Engenheiro Luís Carlos Berrini – Itaim Bibi, São Paulo,
Team: Marta Moreira, Milton Braga e Fernando de Mello Franco
H+F Arquitetos 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

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

BT House / Studio Guilherme Torres

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

New Cities Summit 2013: ‘The Human City’

We are living through the most rapid and significant phase of urbanization in human history. By 2030, more than 60% of the world’s population – 5 billion people – will live in cities. To understand and act upon this mega trend, the New Cities Foundation hosts the New Cities Summit, the leading global platform for urban innovation and exchange. Each year, the Summit gathers 1,000 of the world’s brightest thinkers and decision-makers for action-oriented debate, information sharing and problem solving. São Paulo is the vibrant location of this year’s event. The theme this year: The Human City, placing the individual and the community at the heart of discussions on our urban future. 
How will this urban planet alter the human experience? For ‘We the Urban People’, what specific issues can we grapple with today to ensure that tomorrow’s metropolis is a positive place to live and work? 
To find out more about the we interviewed , founder and chairman of the New Cities Foundation. Interview after the break.

CASA REX / FGMF Arquitetos

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Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo, SP,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Project Area: 603 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Rafaela Netto

Brasiliana Library / Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

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Architects: Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida
Location: Biblioteca Brasiliana, Cidade Universitária, USP,
Project Area: 21,950 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Ricardo Amado

Manish Restaurant / ODVO arquitetura e urbanismo

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Architects: ODVO arquitetura e urbanismo
Location: São Paulo,
Project Architects: Carol Kaphan Zullo (Mínima Arquitetura e Urbanismo), Omar Mohamad Dalank y Victor Oliveira Castro ()
Area: 472 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico

Praça das Artes / Brasil Arquitetura

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Architects: Brasil Arquitetura
Location: Rua Conselheiro Crispiniano, São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Francisco Fanucci e Marcelo Ferraz com Luciana Dornellas
Project Area: 28,500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nelson Kon

K House / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Arthur Casas, Regiane Khristian e Beto Cabariti
Area: 566.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Escola da Cidade Last Call for Post Graduation 2013

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Only a few days are left to apply to São Paulo’s Escola da Cidade – School of Architecture and Urbanism. Since 2009, the college has offered specialization courses; this year it is offering two non-degree graduate courses under the theme of  ”American Civilization – A Look through Architecture” ‘Housing and City’ and ‘Geography, City and Architecture’. 

Graffiti Artist’s Mural Honors Oscar Niemeyer

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A true legacy in the field of architecture and beyond, Oscar Niemeyer, who died just this past December at the age of 104, has traveled into the heart of many, one of which is graffiti artist . In honor of the Brazilian architect, Kobra created a 61-yard art piece on the side of a building in ’s financial district. The immense, colorful mural cannot be missed as people pass by and admire the work. Expressing Niemeyer’s love for concrete, curves and Le Corbusier, the mural truly encompasses the architect’s aim to, “…produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.” More images can be viewed after the break.

Mistral Wine Store / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: São Paulo,
Author: Arthur Casas
Co Authors: Raphael França, Joana Oliveira
Area: 126,73 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

AM House / Drucker Arquitetura

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Architects: Drucker Arquitetura
Location: ,
Author Architect: Monica Drucker
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Bacopari House / UNA Arquitetos

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Architects: UNA Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Project Team: Ana Paula de Castro, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Fabiana Cyon, Gabriela Gurgel, Enk te Winkel, Igor Cortinove, Marta Onofre, Miguel Muralha, Sílio Almeida
Project Area: 504 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Shieh Arquitetos Associados
Location: Sao Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Leonardo Shieh & Shieh Shueh Yau
Project Team: Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano
Structural Engineering: EMAC Projetos
Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering: CZN Engenharia
Site Area: 545 sqm
Project Area: 500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Stankuns