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Women in Architecture Photography: 12 Names to Know

05:00 - 12 February, 2019
Women in Architecture Photography: 12 Names to Know, © Leana Cagnotto
© Leana Cagnotto

In many parts of the world, more women have architectural degrees than men. However, this fact hasn’t translated past university into the working world as women continue to be underrepresented across nearly all levels of practice.

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. The Architectural Review and Architect's Journal have, since 2015, jointly presented awards to the exceptional female practitioners as part of their Women in Architecture Awards program. The swelling of these movements have helped to promote not only the role but also the recognition of women in architecture.

Supplies Storage and Management Facility / Elcio Gomes Silva + Valério Augusto Soares de Medeiros

14:00 - 31 December, 2018
Supplies Storage and Management Facility / Elcio Gomes Silva + Valério Augusto Soares de Medeiros, © Joana França
© Joana França

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ADUnB Cultural Center / Nonato Veloso

14:00 - 17 October, 2018
ADUnB Cultural Center / Nonato Veloso, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Darcy Ribeiro Campus - University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Category

  • Executive Project

    Bruno Campos, Bruno Damasceno, Fernanda Angelis, Renata Brazil, Marcelo Aquino
  • Area

    15500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cora House / Bloco Arquitetos

13:00 - 5 August, 2018
Cora House / Bloco Arquitetos, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco
  • Area

    290.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Oasis House / Esquadra Arquitetos + Yi Arquitetos

09:00 - 22 June, 2018
Oasis House / Esquadra Arquitetos + Yi Arquitetos, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 31

LA House / Esquadra Arquitetos + Yi Arquitetos

09:00 - 14 June, 2018
LA House / Esquadra Arquitetos + Yi Arquitetos, © Joana França
© Joana França

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Bauru Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura Interior

11:00 - 24 May, 2018
Bauru Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura Interior, © Joana França
© Joana França

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These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life

16:00 - 20 May, 2018
These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jikatu/20111772669'>Jimmy Baikovicius [Flickr]</a>, licensed under  <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay
© Jimmy Baikovicius [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay

Mercer, the multinational consultancy recently announced that Vienna, Austria has been ranked as the city with the best quality of life in the world, for the ninth year in a row. In a ranking that is dominated by European cities in the highest positions, this year Vancouver (5th), Singapore (25th) and Port Louis (83rd) are the highest-ranking cities in North America, Asia, and Africa, respectively.

So, what is happening in Latin America? Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, once again occupies the top position. "Although they are challenged by economic and political turmoil," experts at the consultancy explain, "cities in emerging markets are catching up with major cities, after decades of investment in infrastructure, recreational facilities, and housing for the purpose of attracting talent and multinational businesses," they add.

In its twentieth edition, the consultancy, which specializes in advising multinational companies in employee transfers, evaluates more than 450 cities around the world, analyzing 39 factors divided into 10 categories, including political and economic environment, socio-cultural status, hygiene, educational institutions, leisure, housing, the market, and natural disasters.

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/beck32/7175474491'>Roberto C. [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/">CC BY-ND 2.0</a>. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/deensel/39921091035'>Deensel [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a>. ImageBuenos Aires, Argentina © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/armandolobos/23193056943'>a l o b o s [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageSantiago, Chile © <a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/bz3rk/5731101473'>James Willamor [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageSan Juan, Puerto Rico + 11

MR 53 / BLOCO Arquitetos

09:00 - 16 May, 2018
© Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Autores da reforma

    Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco
  • Autor do projeto original

    Milton Ramos
  • Team

    Tatiana Lopes, Guilherme Mahana
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographer

    Joana França

11 Meia 1 Gallery / Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

15:00 - 7 May, 2018
11 Meia 1 Gallery / Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura, © Joana França
© Joana França

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House 711H / Bloco Arquitetos

11:00 - 7 May, 2018
© Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco
  • Collaborators

    Giovanni Cristovaro, Fernando Longhi
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Fabrika Filmes Headquarters / CoDA arquitetos

17:00 - 12 January, 2018
Fabrika Filmes Headquarters / CoDA arquitetos, © Joana França
© Joana França

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Brasília From Above: Aerial Videos by Joana França

08:00 - 6 August, 2017

If you haven't gotten a chance to visit Brasília, Joana 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.

Güths House / ArqBr Arquitetura e Urbanismo

11:00 - 26 July, 2017
Güths House / ArqBr Arquitetura e Urbanismo, © Joana França
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Jan Gehl: "The Modern Movement Put an End to the Human Scale"

08:00 - 21 July, 2017

On Thursday 29 of June, Jan Gehl the Danish architect and urban planner, spoke at the Conference “Thinking urban: cities for people” organised by UN-Habitat and the Official Architects College of Madrid (COAM as it is abbreviated in Spanish) about the urban transformations that have occurred in Copenhagen as a result of the errors of the modernist movement and the challenges facing the cities in the 21st century.

In a prior discussion with José María Ezquiaga (dean of COAM), and José Manuel Calvo (councilor of the Sustainable Development Area at the Madrid city council) at the Conference, Gehl highlighted the urban paradigm at the time of his student years, which is referred to as the Brasilia syndrome. 

KS Residence / Arquitetos Associados

12:00 - 16 July, 2017
KS Residence  / Arquitetos Associados, © Joana França
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The Residential, Monumental, Gregarious and Bucolic Scales of Lucio Costa's Brasilia

06:00 - 31 May, 2017
The Residential, Monumental, Gregarious and Bucolic Scales of Lucio Costa's Brasilia, Monumental Scale. Image © Joana França
Monumental Scale. Image © Joana França

"What characterizes and gives meaning to Brasilia is a game of three scales... the residential or everyday scale... the so-called monumental scale, in which man acquires a collective dimension; the urbanistic expression of a new concept of nobility... Finally the gregarious scale, in which dimensions and space are deliberately reduced and concentrated in order to create a climate conducive to grouping... We can also add another fourth scale, the bucolic scale of open areas intended for lakeside retreats or weekends in the countryside." - Lucio Costa in an interview with Jornal do Brasil, November 8, 1961.

Photographer Joana França shared with us an impressive series of aerial photographs of the national capital of Brazil, Brasilia. The photoset is divided into four sub-series each presenting a scale: residential, monumental, gregarious and bucolic.

The Brazilian House - Six 1 Eight 8 / Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

13:00 - 28 January, 2017
The Brazilian House - Six 1 Eight 8 / Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura, © Joana França
© Joana França

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