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How Television Narratives Shape Urban Imaginaries

Cities are not just inert landscapes or lifeless settings; they play active and significant roles in shaping numerous television narratives. Whether in series or soap operas, urban environments play a fundamental role not only as the backdrop where plots unfold but also in shaping the developments of storylines, their creations, guidelines, and contexts. While, on the one hand, cities and their urban cultures contribute to the composition of various small screen plots, on the other hand, television programs can also help shape a certain idealized imagination about these urban spaces, generating unrealistic expectations and perpetuating a series of stereotypes about the represented cities.

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Terra House / Cité Arquitetura

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Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architects: Cité Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  433
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021

Brisa Apartments / Sergio Conde Caldas Arquitetura

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

House Opy Ará 100 / Sergio Conde Caldas Arquitetura + Miguel Pinto Guimarães Arquitetos Associados

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Latin American Favelas: Improvement Projects and Community Involvement

A few weeks ago, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) named the recipient of the RIBA Norman Foster 2023 travel grant. Martha Pomasonco from Peru was awarded for her outstanding project titled "Barrios Mejorados."

The research project that impressed the jury aims to explore the impact of highly successful informal settlement improvement initiatives implemented in various Latin American countries. Its primary objective is to uncover valuable design insights related to social and environmental sustainability. The research is founded on the recognition that Latin America is the most urbanized region globally, with approximately 80% of its population residing in cities. Nevertheless, nearly 15% of this urban population resides in informal settlements marked by inadequate infrastructure and a diminished quality of life. Various improvement programs have been implemented, and the active involvement of citizens has been a crucial factor in enhancing their effectiveness.

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Lake Refuge / Leila Dionizios

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  • Architects: Leila Dionizios
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Altero, Arquivo Contemporâneo, Atelier Hugo França , Azu Wood Tiles, Beleza Pura Lagos, +12

Senses House / UP3 Arquitetura

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© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio

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  • Architects: UP3 Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  105
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Cosentino, Ana Quintella, Brentwood, Casa Ocre, Casa das Flores, +22

What Is Eclectic Architecture?

Architectural styles have fallen out of favor throughout history. Generally, the peak of one movement means the decline of another. Over time, the situation may reverse, as in the case of postmodernism, which has divided opinions since its emergence, but experienced a revival in the first decades of the 2000s (or maybe not). Temporal distance contributes to the revision of certain styles' relevance and evaluation of their qualities - or problems.

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The History of the Copacabana Sidewalk: From Its Origin in Portugal to Burle Marx's Intervention

The Copacabana calçada (Copacabana sidewalk) is one of the greatest symbols in the stunning landscape of Rio de Janeiro. What not everyone knows is that its history (and design) precedes the intervention of Roberto Burle Marx in the 1970s. The origin of the design, as well as its stones, is Portuguese.

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7 Events Happening in 2023 in Copenhagen, the Next UNESCO World Capital of Architecture

UNESCO has named Copenhagen the World Capital of Architecture for 2023, following Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural hold of the title. Besides hosting the International Union of Architect’s World Congress, the initiative also aims to highlight the path to a more sustainable future and the role architecture and urban planning play in achieving this goal. The title is awarded triannually.

Denmark has continually topped the survey for the happiest countries, according to the World Happiness Report. For urban designers, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has become one of the most cited case studies regarding carbon-neutral infrastructure, pedestrian and bike-friendliness, and the outstanding qualities of its public realm. According to the Dansk Arkitektur Center, over 10,000 architects are expected to visit Copenhagen in the following year, to join the guided tours, exhibitions, debates, and cultural events that put design and architecture in the spotlight.

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Itaúna House / Siqueira + Azul Arquitetura

Itaúna House / Siqueira + Azul Arquitetura - Exterior Photography, Renovation, Garden, Facade
© André Nazareth

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Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8611 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  AutoDesk, Deca, Dimlux, FLOS, Lightworks, +1

Architecture in the Expanded Field: Getting to Know the Work of gru.a Architects

In the midst of programmatic diversity and experimentation, the Rio de Janeiro office gru.a is an encouragement to those who wish to venture into the expanded field of architecture. Formed by partners Caio Calafate and Pedro Varella in 2013, gru.a demonstrates the potential of the profession when it dialogues with other disciplines.

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Apartment General Artigas / Castro Cyon Arquitetas

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1399 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2022
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  100% Rouparia, Arm Marcenaria, Atlas ceramica, Deca, LZ Studio, +5

Guilhermina Commercial Building / Jacobsen Arquitetura

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5140
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Rio House / Olson Kundig

Rio House / Olson Kundig - Exterior Photography, Houses, Garden, Facade, Forest
© Maíra Acayaba

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lightness and Precision: Getting to Know Carla Juaçaba’s Work

Technical precision combined with environmental concern and exploratory and investigative character make Carla Juaçaba one of the great representatives of Latin American architecture today. Carioca, born in 1976, Carla Juaçaba attended the University of Santa Úrsula and attributes much of her experimental and interdisciplinary style to this educational institution. It is not by chance that during her academic training her great inspiring masters were the architect Sergio Bernardes and the visual artist Lygia Pape, insinuating her interest in the multiple disciplinary branches that can compose architecture. In this sense, while still at graduation, Carla worked together with architect Gisela Magalhães, from Oscar Niemeyer’s generation, in scenography and expography projects.

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Pontal Museum / Arquitetos Associados

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil