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Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil

07:00 - 13 January, 2019
Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil , Aerial view of Smart City Laguna. Image by TecMundo
Aerial view of Smart City Laguna. Image by TecMundo

In 2017, ArchDaily Brazil reported that Smart City Laguna would become the first “smart city” in Brazil. With its inauguration scheduled for that same year, the venture opened with 1,800 units in its first phase, and in its final phase, 7,065 units divided between residential, commercial and technological uses.

Located in the Croatá district of São Gonçalo do Amarante, the first Brazilian smart city occupies 815 acres directly connected to the federal highway BR-22, which crosses the states of Ceará, Piauí, and Maranhão, starting in Fortaleza towards Marabá, in Pará. Its location has economic reasons: the proximity to Pecém Harbor, in Fortaleza, the Pecém Steel Company (CSP) and the Transnordestina Railroad make Croatá a strategic hub that has been recently occupied by technological companies, becoming a “digital belt” a little over 50 kilometers from the state’s capital.

Fortaleza Maritime Passenger Terminal / Architectus S/S

10:00 - 21 April, 2016
Fortaleza Maritime Passenger Terminal  / Architectus S/S, © Joana França
© Joana França
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mucuripe, Fortaleza - CE, Brasil
  • Category

  • Architectus Team

    Alexandre Landim, Elton Timbó, Mariana Furlani and Ricardo Saboia
  • Project Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 32

Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium, Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner

The Brazilian coastal city of Fortaleza, one of the host cities for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, will soon be home to one of the world's largest aquariums. Designed by Leonardo Fontanelle (Imagic Brasil), Acquire Ceará is projected to be the third largest building of its type and is intended to provide a lasting beacon for tourism in the area. Zahner, a US company known for their ability to design and create complex façades (including the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox) have been tasked with constructing twenty three curving "legs" which support the structure of "the Manta and Sea Urchin-shaped roof surface". Zahner's President, William Zahner, believes that "this is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas."

See Zahner's prototype and images of the aquarium after the break.

Castelão Arena / Vigliecca & Associados

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Castelão Arena / Vigliecca & Associados, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti Courtesy of Vigliecca & Associados © Ricardo Correa © Leonardo Finotti + 64

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Alberto Craveiro, 2901 - Castelão, Fortaleza - CE, Brazil
  • Category

  • Project Management

    Héctor Vigliecca, Luciene Quel e Ronald Werner
  • Resident Architect

    Fernanda Trotti
  • Team

    Neli Shimizu, Carolina Bertoldi, Bianca Riotto, Fabio Pittas, Hernani Paiva, Kelly Bozzato, Luiz Marino, Mayara Christ, Pedro Ichimaru, Rafael Alcantara, Paulo Serra (administration), Luci Maie (administration)
  • Area

    162600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs