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SMPW House / LAB606

09:00 - 7 July, 2015
SMPW House / LAB606, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Project Architects

    Horia Georgescu e Carlos Café
  • Project Area

    178.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

MCO Residence / Esquadra|Yi

13:00 - 29 June, 2015
MCO Residence / Esquadra|Yi, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Project Architects

    Filipe Monte Serrat, Camilo de Lannoy
  • Project Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Architectural Photographers: Joana França

06:00 - 19 June, 2015
Architectural Photographers: Joana França, Maracanã. Image © Joana França
Maracanã. Image © Joana França

Brazilian photographer Joana França first became captivated with capturing architectural form when she started taking pictures at the age of 15. A graduate of the University of Brasilia with a degree in architecture, França has a keen eye for the city and built work.

The Brazilian capital -- where she was born -- has become one of her main objects of exploration, and she photographed the city for the Guide to Oscar Niemeyer’s Works – Brasilia 50 Years.

Since 2012, she has worked to document art exhibitions in Brazil, publishing, for example, “Peasant Da Vincis” which highlighted exhibitions by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang in Brasilia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 2013.

Enjoy an interview with França as well as a selection of her photographs after the break. 

Open Call: US Searches for Architect to Design New Embassy Compound in Brasília

14:10 - 4 June, 2015
Open Call: US Searches for Architect to Design New Embassy Compound in Brasília , Brasilia under construction (click for more images). Image © Marcel Gautherot
Brasilia under construction (click for more images). Image © Marcel Gautherot

The United States Department of State (DOS) has released a request for information (RFI) in search of architects interested in designing a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Brasília, the federal capital of Brazil. The (up to) $350 million, design-bid-build project will be located on a 4.86 hectares (12 acres) site near the seat of the Brazilian Government within the city's planned "Diplomatic Sector." All proposals must take in considering the site's conditions, the city planning context and the architectural significance of Brasilia as a 1956 urban planned city and now UNESCO World Heritage Site. More details after the break.

Solar da Serra House / 3.4 Arquitetura

09:00 - 2 June, 2015
Solar da Serra House / 3.4 Arquitetura, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Diogo Santos e Rodrigo Fortes
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Malva House / Bloco Arquitetos

12:00 - 4 May, 2015
Malva House / Bloco Arquitetos, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Project Architects

    Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho e Matheus Seco
  • Co-Autora

    Tatiana Lopes
  • Project Area

    366.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Trama Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura Interior

10:00 - 5 April, 2015
Trama Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura Interior, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 24

Video: A Fascinating Tour Through Brasilia with Reggie Watts

15:30 - 1 April, 2015

"An alternately factual documentary presented by nameless hosts Reggie Watts and Carolina Ravassa Brasilia takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the famed capital of Brazil. In topics ranging from architecture, religious ceremonial practices, and spiritual conscious alignment, Reggie and Carolina traverse some of the world's most impossibly futuristic human landscapes, extolling earnest advice about the culture, practices, and habits of the Brasilienese people. With a synthesizer soundtrack from the late 60/early 70s, Brasilia exposes the unknown truths of this exotic utopian city nestled in the cradle of South America." - Film description courtesy of Reggie Watts via Indiewire.

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

10:30 - 31 March, 2015
6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch, Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM
Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM + 44

NAU Restaurant / Sandra Moura

00:00 - 18 February, 2015
NAU Restaurant / Sandra Moura, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    SCES Trecho 2, s/n - Asa Sul, Brasília - DF, 70200-002, Brasil
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    Sandra Moura
  • Project Team

    Monalisa Felinto e Bárbara Veiga
  • Project Area

    7300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Torreão House / BLOCO Arquitetos

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
Torreão House / BLOCO Arquitetos, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Matheus Seco, Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

North Classroom Block / CEPLAN

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
North Classroom Block / CEPLAN, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Universidade de Brasília - Brasília, Distrito Federal, 70910-900, Brasil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators

    Ana Carolina Caetano Alves
  • Project Area

    1265.0 m2
  • Project year

    2011
  • Photographs

D&P Residence / Atelier Paralelo

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
D&P Residence  / Atelier Paralelo, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Author

    Thiago de Andrade
  • Collaborators

    Arquiteto Andrea Denza, Arquiteta Larissa Lessa, estagiárias Alice Menezes e Natália Costa
  • Project Area

    592.5 m2
  • Project year

    2013
  • Photographs

Academic Building - UAC / CEPLAN

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Academic Building - UAC / CEPLAN, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Campus de Planaltina - Universidade de Brasília - Planaltina, Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators

    Arquiteta Ana Carolina Caetano Alves, Arquiteta Karine Meneses Chagas de Carvalho
  • Project Area

    4795.0 m2
  • Project year

    2011
  • Photographs

João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura, © Joana França
© Joana França

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    Paulo Henrique Paranhos
  • Collaborators

    Eder Alencar, Ana Carolina Vaz
  • Project Area

    880.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photography

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
© Casa Digital
© Casa Digital
  • Architects

  • Location

    Praça Central - Paranoá, Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Alexandre Bragança, Augustin de Tugny, Fernando Arruda Guillen, Norberto Bambozzi
  • Trainees

    Alessandra Valadares, Carolina Soares, Luiza Martini, Paulo Menicucci, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Roberta Vasconcellos
  • Total Area

    42.000m 2
  • Area

    7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2000
  • Photographs

© Casa Digital © Casa Digital Old Image. Image © Casa Digital © Casa Digital + 18

Brasilia National Stadium / schlaich bergermann und partner + Castro Mello Arquitetos + gmp Architects

00:00 - 21 July, 2014
Brasilia National Stadium / schlaich bergermann und partner + Castro Mello Arquitetos + gmp Architects, © Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt

© Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    National Stadium of Brazil Mane Garrincha - Brasilia, Federal District, 70070-701, Brazil
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Knut Göppert
  • Project Manager

    Martin Glass
  • Project Manager Brazil

    Robert Hormes
  • Director of gmp do Brazil

    Ralf Amann
  • Team members

    Ante Bagaric, Holger Betz, Rebecca Born- hauser, Carsten Borucki, Lena Brögger, Martina Maurer-Brusius, Kacarzyna Ciruk, Laura Cruz Lima da Silva, Stefanie Eichelmann, Ruthie Gould, Florian Illenberger, Jochen Köhn, Martin Krebes, Helge Lezius, Tobias Mäscher, Adel Motamedi, Burkhard Pick, Jutta Rentsch Serpa, Lucia Martinez Rodriguez, Maryna Samolyuk, Florian Schwarthoff, Sara Taberner Bonastre
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Showroom Eurobike - Porsche / 1:1 arquitetura:design

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
© Cesar Edgard
© Cesar Edgard

© Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard + 24