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Romullo Baratto

Architect graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2013, currently pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at FAUUSP. His fields of interest include film, architectural theory, urban art and public space. In ArchDaily Brasil he is the Editor responsible for the sections of News, Events and Competitions, besides often acting as a collaborator of ArchDaily.

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12 Women in Architecture Photography (Part 2)

08:00 - 20 February, 2018
12 Women in Architecture Photography (Part 2), © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

Is there an aspect, a recurring mark, that reveals a difference in the way that male and female architecture photographers see the world? This is, perhaps, one of those rhetorical questions often used as an argument to shed light on works produced by women and for which there is no precise answer.

Without claiming to offer an answer to this question—and in order to follow up on our first article that showcased a selection of women in architecture photography—we present here a new compilation of professionals who deserve attention for the quality of their photographic work. See our list below:

World’s Largest 16th-Century Map Digitally Re-Assembled at Stanford University

06:00 - 29 January, 2018
World’s Largest 16th-Century Map Digitally Re-Assembled at Stanford University, The Urbano Monte World map reconstructed by Stanford University. Image via David Raumsey Map Collection, Stanford University
The Urbano Monte World map reconstructed by Stanford University. Image via David Raumsey Map Collection, Stanford University

Stanford University experts digitally assembled what is considered the largest world map produced in the 16th-century. The representation of the world of 1587 by the Milanese cartographer Urbano Monte was divided into 60 pages and published in atlas form, but with clear instructions on how to reassemble it. 

David Rumsey, director of the university's historical map collection, acquired the map from a historian in 2017. The publication has only one other handwritten copy in the world and has never been assembled in map form.

New Algorithm Finds The Greenest City in The World

08:00 - 23 January, 2018
New Algorithm Finds The Greenest City in The World, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Public domain photography available at <a href="https://visualhunt.com/re/a5a68d">Visualhunt</a>
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Public domain photography available at Visualhunt

There are different methods for estimating how green a city is. We can count the parks, add up all green areas, quantify only the forested areas, specify the number of trees planted, and more recently, according to this new, we can now analyze inhabitants perspective. A team of researchers led by Newsha Ghaeli, at MIT's Senseable City Lab has developed a method to find out how green an urban space is from the perspective of pedestrians.

Images taken from Google Street View are processed by an algorithm that estimates the percentage of each image that corresponds to trees and other types of vegetation. "It is important to understand the number of trees and treetops that cover the streets, as this is what we perceive in cities," Ghaeli said.

Check out below the top 10 greenest cities according to the algorithm.

The SDG Academy Has Launched Free, Graduate-Level Courses on Sustainable Development, Urbanization and Natural Resources

06:00 - 22 December, 2017
The SDG Academy Has Launched Free, Graduate-Level Courses on Sustainable Development, Urbanization and Natural Resources, Photo by <a href="https://visualhunt.com/author/88a5c3">NYCDOT</a> on <a href="https://visualhunt.com/re/710a7d">VisualHunt</a> / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/"> CC BY-NC-ND</a>
Photo by NYCDOT on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

The SDG Academy online education platform recently launched a series of free online courses on topics ranging from sustainable development and urbanization to climate change and the use of natural resources. According to the description on its website, SDG Academy "creates and curates free, top-level courses on sustainable development for students around the world."

Women in Architecture Photography: 12 Names to Know

08:00 - 18 December, 2017
Women in Architecture Photography: 12 Names to Know, © Leana Cagnotto
© Leana Cagnotto

In many parts of the world, such as Brazil, more women have architectural degrees than men. However, this fact hasn’t translated past college into the working world as women continue to be underrepresented.

The conversation regarding women in architecture gained tremendous traction back in 2013 with the petition for Denise Scott Brown to be recognized as the 1991 Pritzker Prize winner, alongside her husband and the consequent rejection of that request by Pritzker. Since then, not only the role but also, the recognition of women in architecture has been the topic of international debates, lectures, symposiums, and exhibitions. 

Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer

08:00 - 15 December, 2017
Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte
Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, or simply Oscar Niemeyer, (December 15, 1907 – December 5, 2012) was one of the greatest architects in Brazil's history, and one of the greats of the global modernist movement. After his death in 2012, Niemeyer left the world more than five hundred works scattered throughout the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum. Image © Gili Merin Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre in the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Image © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre National Congress of Brazil. Image © Andrew Prokos Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte + 25

Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

10:30 - 5 December, 2017
Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok
Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok

Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914 – March 20, 1992) was one of the most important and expressive architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture. Born in Italy as Lina Achillina Bo, she studied architecture at the University of Rome, moving to Milan after graduation. In Milan, Bo Bardi collaborated with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus.

With her office destroyed in World War II Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.

Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP). Image © Pedro Kok São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP). Image © Pedro Kok Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok + 9

Portugal’s Center for Architecture Reopens With 3 Days of Events

08:30 - 14 November, 2017
Casa da Arquitectura in Matosinhos. Image © Casa da Arquitectura, via Flickr.
Casa da Arquitectura in Matosinhos. Image © Casa da Arquitectura, via Flickr.

This week, the Portuguese center for architecture Casa da Arquitectura (House of Architecture) celebrates the opening of its new premises in Matosinhos, Porto. In order to mark the occasion, the architecture museum has planned three days full of activities from the 17th to the 19th of November, with guided tours, performance, talks, music and films.

Within the new gallery spaces, Casa da Arquitectura will hold two exhibitions open to the public, including their inaugural exhibition Poder Arquitectura. Organised by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho, the exhibition will be open until March 2018, with several talks and debates by national and international figures that have been involved in the exhibition scheduled to take place during this time.

Cooper Hewitt Releases Online Catalogue of Over 200,000 Historic Design Objects

14:00 - 28 October, 2017
Cooper Hewitt Releases Online Catalogue of Over 200,000 Historic Design Objects, Trans ... Armchair, 2007; Designed by Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana; Brazil; Commissioned to designers by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Image © Cooper Hewitt - Smithsonian Design Museum
Trans ... Armchair, 2007; Designed by Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana; Brazil; Commissioned to designers by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Image © Cooper Hewitt - Smithsonian Design Museum

The Cooper Hewitt Museum, also known as the Smithsonian Design Museum, has completed a digitization of its expansive collection dedicated to the field of design that spans thirty centuries and more than 220,000 objects. Now, the collection has been made available on its online page.

Palm Springs Art Museum Opens Exhibit on Lina Bo Bardi and Albert Frey

14:00 - 8 October, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum Opens Exhibit on Lina Bo Bardi and Albert Frey, © Lance Gerber
© Lance Gerber

Mid-century modern visionaries, Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi are exhibited together at the Palm Springs Art Museum for an unprecedented show of models, drawings, design objects, and photographs, opened this fall and will remain on exhibit through January 7, 2018. 

The exhibit A Search for Living Architecture explores the shared belief of Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi, that architecture is a way to connect people, nature, building, and living. The mid-century show-stoppers are highlighted in the installation design by Bestor Architecture.

© Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber + 26

Triptyque Proposes Tall Building Made of 100% Brazilian Wood

14:00 - 20 September, 2017
Triptyque Proposes Tall Building Made of 100% Brazilian Wood, Cortesia de Triptyque
Cortesia de Triptyque

French-Brazilian office Triptyque has released plans for a mixed-used, all-wooden highrise. Located on a 1,025-square-meter site in São Paulo, the 13-story building will contain a total of 4,700 square meters of space dedicated to coworking, coliving, and a restaurant. 

Eduardo Souto de Moura: Most Projects Don't Give Me Pleasure

06:00 - 8 September, 2017
Eduardo Souto de Moura: Most Projects Don't Give Me Pleasure, © Columbia GSAPP via VisualHunt /  CC BY
© Columbia GSAPP via VisualHunt / CC BY

During an interview with Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias, Pritzker Prize laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura spoke to Ana Sousa Dias about his path through the Fine Arts School, his work alongside Noé Diniz and Álvaro Siza, and his consolidated international career – which he says has given him projects, but not pleasure.

"If I have to do 30 projects, there are three that give me joy and 27 that don't. I'm tired of it. It doesn't annoy me arguing when the assumption is intelligible, but when only time and money matters, it can get ugly. Respecting elections and economically have big profits," said Souto de Moura. 

13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Located in Brazil

06:00 - 1 September, 2017
13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Located in Brazil, Ouro Preto - MG. Image © Marina Aguiar, via Flickr. Licence CC BY 2.0
Ouro Preto - MG. Image © Marina Aguiar, via Flickr. Licence CC BY 2.0

With more than five centuries of recorded history and many more years of pre-colonial traditions and customs, Brazil is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage List with 13 historical sites.

The website Viagem Turismo compiled a list with images and detailed information about each of the 13 sites. The list ranges from the Serra da Capivara National Park, "full of rocky caves covered with rock paintings" made more than 25 thousand years ago, to the modern capital of Brazil, Brasília, founded in 1960.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB's Newest SESC Franchise Opens in São Paulo

06:00 - 31 August, 2017
Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB's Newest SESC Franchise Opens in São Paulo, © FLAGRANTE
© FLAGRANTE

Last Saturday, after months of anticipation, the SESC 24 de Maio in downtown São Paulo was inaugurated, making it the newest unit of the franchise.

Designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha in partnership with MMBB office, the project intervenes an old department store, transforming the interior spaces from the existing structure and creating a new central structure that supports a pool on the rooftop.

© FLAGRANTE © FLAGRANTE © FLAGRANTE © FLAGRANTE + 25

5 Movies, 5 Cities

08:00 - 29 August, 2017
5 Movies, 5 Cities, Screenshot of Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders
Screenshot of Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders

The overlap between cinema and architecture is a topic that has already been debated and even addressed in several articles published in ArchDaily. It is difficult to imagine a film that is not related in any way to the architecture, either through the construction of scenarios, the locations, or even the compositions within each plane and sequence - that make use of light, shadow, varied scales, and characters.

In many films, architecture and the city play a much more decisive role than the mere backdrop or stage for the narrative, acting as crucial elements or even characters. Next, we selected five films in which landscape and urban spaces are essential for the construction of the plot.

The British Library Releases 570 Pages of Leonardo da Vinci's Manuscripts Online

06:00 - 29 August, 2017
The British Library Releases 570 Pages of Leonardo da Vinci's Manuscripts Online, via British Library.
via British Library.

A collaboration between the British Library and Microsoft, titled Turning the Pages 2.0made 570 pages of Leonardo da Vinci's' Codex Arundel available for free online. Now anyone can navigate the writings of one of the most inventive minds of the Renaissance. In the hundreds of digitized pages are ideas for airplanes, helicopters, parachutes, submarines and automobiles, centuries before they were developed and brought to the world.

During his lifetime, part of his ideas and reflections were recorded in his notebooks. Some of these manuscripts have been lost over the centuries, and those that remain have become rare objects accessed only by a select group of collectors and historians - until now. 

Paris Opens Its First-Ever Public Swimming Pools

06:00 - 25 August, 2017

On July 15, the city of Paris announced the opening of three natural swimming pools that receive their water supply from the Seine River, located in the La Villette Basin in the 19th arrondissement of the city. Spanning a total of 1,600 square meters, the new attraction is divided into a children's area, with depths of up to 40cm; an area of medium depth of 1,2m; and a larger pool, with depths of about two meters.

The swimming pools are part of the "Swimming in Paris" project, presented for the first time by the City Council of The French Capital in June 2015, with the goal of "encouraging the practice of swimming for Parisians and Tourists." According to an official statement from the city government, the project aims to allow, by 2020, the "modernization of water parks and the creation of new swimming pools and areas for bathing."

Brasília From Above: Aerial Videos by Joana França

08:00 - 6 August, 2017

If you haven't gotten a chance to visit BrasíliaJoana França's photographic projects offer a comprehensive interpretation of the capital of South America's most populous country. França has dedicated a significant part of her career as an architecture photographer to the pursuit of amassing an impressive archive of images of the city planned by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.

We recently published an exceptional selection França's aerial photographs of Brasília divided by scale - residential, monumental, gregarious and bucolic. These overhead views solidify what, in theory, is already evident: the city lacks human scale, or the human scale of Brasília is just vast and (perhaps) not very human at all.