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A Month After the Fire, The National Museum Receives Emergency Repair and Demands a Budget of $27 Million

08:00 - 20 October, 2018
A Month After the Fire, The National Museum Receives Emergency Repair and Demands a Budget of $27 Million, National Museum. Image: Mauro Pimentel/AFP
National Museum. Image: Mauro Pimentel/AFP

It’s been a month since Brazil lost one of its oldest and most representative assets. A fire destroyed and erased more than 200 years of the Paço de São Cristóvão’s architectural history. The building served as a residence for the royal family, and turned a great part of its collection into dust, with many of the items being one-of-a-kind. The National Museum is seeking to rebuild in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Zaha Hadid's Project in Rio Canceled

14:26 - 11 October, 2018
Zaha Hadid's Project in Rio Canceled, © ZHA
© ZHA

"Residencial Casa Atlântica" in Copacabana, Zaha Hadid's first project in South America, was canceled. O Globo reported the cause as "the delay of the city hall to release the work license and the consequent delay of the launch and inauguration of the project." The luxury residential condominium was designed in 2013 and should have been opened in time for the Olympics.

This Brazilian Resort is the Perfect Location for a Wes Anderson Film

08:00 - 22 September, 2018
This Brazilian Resort is the Perfect Location for a Wes Anderson Film, Mauá ballroom, its dome is 50 meters in diameter and 30 meters high. Image © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle
Mauá ballroom, its dome is 50 meters in diameter and 30 meters high. Image © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle

The entertainment industry frequently captures unusual architecture from theme parks that explore bygone eras to remote locales in the hills of Las Vegas that often go unseen.

A two-hour drive from Rio de Janeiro's renowned beaches you can find a 20th century French Normandy building in the state's sierra region: The Palácio Quitandinha.

Open Letter From the Institute of Brazilian Architects Regarding the Tragic, Irrevocable Loss of Brazil's National Museum

16:00 - 5 September, 2018
Open Letter From the Institute of Brazilian Architects Regarding the Tragic, Irrevocable Loss of Brazil's National Museum, luis.rib. <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/BnRSgZfA26Q/'>Via Instagram</a>
luis.rib. Via Instagram

The following is text is an open letter from the Institute of Brazilian Architects in response to the devastating fire that tore through Brazil's National Museum on Sunday evening.

The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), fulfilling its mission of contributing to the technical-scientific and sociocultural development of the country and preserving the national cultural heritage, deeply mourns the irreparable loss of the National Museum, the central institution of culture and science located in the district of São Cristóvão, in Rio de Janeiro, that was consumed by fire on the night of September 2nd.

The fire in Quinta da Boa Vista not only left a an architectural ensemble declared national heritage in ruins but also destroyed millions of artifacts and historical documents belonging to its collection, which were of worldwide relevance and among the most representative of Brazilian history. It is, therefore, an irrevocable loss, which is being lamented by everyone who cares about Brazilian culture and memory, both in Brazil and abroad.

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

06:00 - 19 June, 2018
Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

The downtown skyline of a city is perhaps its most symbolic feature. The iconic cityscapes that we know and love are typically formed by skyscrapers, but much of the surrounding context is made up of other high-rise buildings. Yes, there is a difference between a skyscraper and a high-rise. Research company Emporis defines a high-rise as a building at least 35 meters (115 feet) or 12 stories tall. These high-rise buildings play a major role in the more sprawled urban context of larger cities today.

Read on for Emporis' list of the 20 cities in the world with the most high-rises. You might be surprised by which cities made the cut.

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises? © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sajeewashaluka'>Wikimedia user Sajeewashaluka </a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/22240293@N05'>Flickr user Francisco Diaz</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/people/88503995@N02'>Flickr user Younguk Kim</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> + 27

Emiliano RJ / Studio Arthur Casas + Oppenheim Architecture

06:00 - 21 February, 2018
Emiliano RJ / Studio Arthur Casas + Oppenheim Architecture, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Author

    Arthur Casas
  • Co-Author

    Oppenheim Architecture
  • Interiors

    Studio Arthur Casas
  • Co-Authors

    Cristiane Trolesi, Nara Telles, Felipe Bueno, Adriana Yin, Nara Rosetto, Victoria Chaves, Renata Adoni, Raul Cano, Lucas Takaoka, Adriana Andugar
  • Area

    9734.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

SC Office / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

15:00 - 11 August, 2017
SC Office / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 14

Bauhaus Houses, Eritrea's Capital and Ahmedabad's Walled City Among 20 Cultural Sites Added to UNESCO's World Heritage List

14:00 - 11 July, 2017
Bauhaus Houses, Eritrea's Capital and Ahmedabad's Walled City Among 20 Cultural Sites Added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, Jama Masjid, Ahmadabad. Image© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jama_Masjid,_Ahmedabad_01.jpg'>Wikimedia user Bernard Gagnon</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.5</a>
Jama Masjid, Ahmadabad. Image© Wikimedia user Bernard Gagnon licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, currently holding its forty-first annual session in the Polish city of Krakow, inscribed twenty new cultural sites on its World Heritage List, including the historic city of Ahmedabad in India, archaeological sites in Cambodia and Brazil, and a “cultural landscape” in South Africa. The Committee also added extensions to two sites already on the list: Strasbourg in France, and the Bauhaus in Germany. On the other hand, the historic center of Vienna was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger as the Committee examined the state of conservation of one-hundred-and-fifty-four of its listed sites.

Asmara. Image© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asmara_(8351468351).jpg'>Wikimedia user David Stanley</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> Teen Darwaza, one of the walled city's gates. Image© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Teen-Darwaza.jpg'>Wikimedia user Nichalp</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.5</a> Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine. Image© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/polandmfa/8231434027/in/photolist-dxofyk-dxof8t-dxofCX-gShjMH-o3Ri8H-a2fT2K-9Y1Ekt-6WLC5j-a2iJ1o-a2g2di-9Y1Dp6-a2fSfa-a2fMXe-a2fJG2-a2iUvf-a2fNz4-a2g3eK-a2fQqP-a2g444-a2fKVM-a2ign3-dxtGhJ-dxofZr-dxtGzo-dxtGdQ-dxtFLh-dxtGnd-a2iZsQ-a2iBVE-9Y1EPD-a2fKmH-9Y1D4B-o5VJyp-a2fLX6-o43tas-9Y4wxq-9Y1RHH-9Y4Amq-9Y1Gpz-a2iAVG-a2fZba-9Y1QVc-9Y4BoQ-9Y4DXW-9Y1HAR-a2feFn-a2inqN-a2fjzR-a2fsAr-a2fqk4'>Flickr user PolandMFA</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> Student Halls at the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau . Image© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bernau_bei_Berlin_ADGB_Schule_Wohntrakte_vorne.jpg'>Wikimedia user Dabbelju</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> + 9

Cannon Design Releases Plans for Mixed-Use Cancer Hospital in Brazil

16:00 - 26 November, 2016
Cannon Design Releases Plans for Mixed-Use Cancer Hospital in Brazil, Courtesy of Cannon Design
Courtesy of Cannon Design

Cannon Design has unveiled its proposal for a mixed-use Cancer Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Originally envisioned as a “private hospital serving patients that can afford a high quality of health care,” the project transformed into a partnership between the public and private sector after preliminary feasibility studies determined the price of the site to be prohibitively high.

Thus, the project expanded to become a mixed-use complex with ownership shared between socially minded city government and private investors.

Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design + 12

GTM Cenografia Uses Shipping Containers in Rio Olympic Pop-up Store for Nike

06:00 - 15 November, 2016

At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Studio GTM Cenografia developed a temporary installation for Nike. The space, inspired by containers and industrial sheds, occupies a total area of 600 square meters and was built in a metallic structure and wrapped in galvanized trapezoidal tiles. The cube used in the project is an installation from Brazilian artist and designer Muti Randolph, one of the pioneers of digital illustration in Brazil.

Our friends from ArchDaily Brasil talked with the architect Daltro Mendonça (GTM Cenografia) to find out more details on material choices and the execution of the project.

Sorocaba 112 / Cité Arquitetura

13:00 - 16 October, 2016
Sorocaba 112 /  Cité Arquitetura, © Alessandro Giraldi
© Alessandro Giraldi

© Alessandro Giraldi © Alessandro Giraldi © Alessandro Giraldi © Alessandro Giraldi + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Sorocaba - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil
  • Authors

     Celso Rayol e Fernando Costa
  • Project Coordinators

    Daniel Osório, Lúcia Andrezo e Francisco Meyer
  • Area

    2485.94 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Samsung Galaxy Studio at Olympic Park / UNStudio

15:00 - 7 October, 2016
Samsung Galaxy Studio at Olympic Park / UNStudio , © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Ben van Berkel, Wouter de Jonge, Imola Bérczi and Aurélie Hsiao, Olga Kovrikova, Wing Tang Man
  • Local Architect

  • Overall Project Advisor

    Cheil Worldwide
  • Client

    Samsung Electronics, IT & Mobile Division (Seoul, Korea)
  • Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Aníbal Building / Bernardes Arquitetura

11:00 - 4 October, 2016
Aníbal Building  / Bernardes Arquitetura, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 14

2016 Olympics: Two Legacies for Rio

08:00 - 2 September, 2016
2016 Olympics: Two Legacies for Rio, Cristo Redentor © Romullo Baratto
Cristo Redentor © Romullo Baratto

Just over a week ago in beautiful Rio de Janeiro the Olympic Games, the world's largest sporting event, came to an end. The Games, as well as the FIFA World Cup, have been a driving force for the city over the last six and a half years. In the wake of the frenzy caused by the much-anticipated event, Rio will have the Paralympics, which will take place between the 7th and 18th of September. But then what?

The word "legacy" being associated with major world events is nothing new. We see it used a lot when referring to the Olympics and the World Cup, and it’s come up time and time again in recent years when we look at the lasting effects these events have had on host cities like Barcelona (1992), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Essentially, the issue revolves around some fundamental questions: Who are the major beneficiaries of the "legacy" of the Olympic Games? Were the huge public investments worth it? Will there be any improvement for the general population? Can the equipment that was built be adapted for everyday use?

Arena de Handebol e Golbol / Lopes Santos e Ferreira Gomes Arquitetos + OA | Oficina de Arquitetos © Leonardo Finotti Parque Radical / Vigliecca & Associados © Gabriel Heusi Arena da Juventude / Vigliecca & Associados © Leonardo Finotti Adaptação do Centro Nacional de Tiro Esportivo / Vigliecca & Associados © Gabriel Heusi + 11

Rio 2016 Olympics: The Dancing Pavilion / Estúdio Guto Requena

13:00 - 22 August, 2016
Rio 2016 Olympics: The Dancing Pavilion / Estúdio Guto Requena, © Fernanda Ligabue + Rafael Frazão
© Fernanda Ligabue + Rafael Frazão

© Fernanda Ligabue + Rafael Frazão © Fernanda Ligabue + Rafael Frazão © Fernanda Ligabue + Rafael Frazão © Fernanda Ligabue + Rafael Frazão + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Guto Requena
  • Estudio Guto Requena Team

    Ludovica Leone, Daniel Vianna, Bruno Baietto, Guilherme Giantini
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Coca-Cola Pavilion / Atelier Marko Brajovic

13:00 - 15 August, 2016
Coca-Cola Pavilion / Atelier Marko Brajovic , © Fernando Martins
© Fernando Martins

© Fernando Martins © Fernando Martins © Fernando Martins © Fernando Martins + 27

  • Architects

    Atelier Marko Brajovic
  • Location

    Av. Rodrigues Alves, 10 - Saúde, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil
  • Area

    3500.0 m2
  • Year of project

    2016
  • Photographies

    Fernando Martins

"Rio: Beyond the Map" Uses 360 Degree Videos to Tell a Different Reality of the Favelas in Rio

08:00 - 13 August, 2016
"Rio: Beyond the Map" Uses 360 Degree Videos to Tell a Different Reality of the Favelas in Rio, via Rio: Beyond the Map
via Rio: Beyond the Map

Google recently launched a new platform "Rio: Beyond the Map," showing Rio's favelas using 360º videos. The tool also includes panoramas more than three thousand images and historical exhibitions of Rio de Janeiro. The project integrates Google Arts & Culture, which brings art collections from around the world.

Henning Larsen's Danish Pavilion Opens at Rio 2016

16:00 - 8 August, 2016
Henning Larsen's Danish Pavilion Opens at Rio 2016, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

The Henning Larsen Architects-designed Danish Pavilion has opened to the public on Ipanema Beach to celebrate Denmark's participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The pavilion is the only national pavilion at the games, and contains displays featuring Danish companies and products. The design takes inspiration from the nation's seafaring and yachting traditions, while programmable LED lights allow the pavilion to resemble a number of different flags from bird's eye view.

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok + 16