Archinect - News 2015-11-29T02:15:21-05:00 Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T13:18:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:18:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazilian police investigating corruption around the state-run oil firm Petrobras also plan to investigate more than $10bn of construction contracts for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to a lead investigator on the case. Some of the big engineering companies caught up in the Petrobras inquiry &ldquo;very probably&rdquo; broke laws against price-fixing and bribery on contracts to build Olympic venues, said Igor Romario, a federal police chief and key figure in the investigation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Another Olympics, another story of displacement" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></li><li><a title="Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li><li><a title="Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> A young designer rethinking how we memorialize collective trauma Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:12:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Sara Zewde] argues that while the traditional monument commemorates a singular event or individual by placing an object in a space that is a break from its surroundings, the 400-year practice of African enslavement demands a different approach. &ldquo;For Afro-descended people, you wake up every day with the legacy of slavery,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;How do you deal with that spatially?&rdquo; One approach is to translate cultural practices into spatial ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Urban fingerprints reveal a city's fundamental character and composition Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like humans, cities and neighborhoods have their own unique fingerprints. The maps were created by researchers at the center&rsquo;s Urban Age program, who have been studying how the layout of rapidly urbanizing cities can affect their livability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> is a grid, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> is an airy whirl, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> is dense: at least, that's according to the black and white "fingerprint" maps put together by the Urban Age program at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London School of Economics and Political Science</a>. The project helps researches see at a glance the macroscopic characteristics of urban environments, from density to wealth disparity to room for growth. The project has profiled urban centers all around the world, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio de Janeiro</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For news about other innovative designs using aerially-compiled urban patterns, do read:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design</a></p> Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games? Justine Testado 2015-08-06T10:19:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T23:00:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'When these [2007 Pan Am] venues were built the government told Brazilians that these would be Olympic-ready, and there would be a rather smooth and efficient transition to eventually hosting the Olympics,' explained Rio-based reporter Taylor Barnes...'But, these venues have instead had some pretty checkered after-lives.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite a murky past of broken promises in addition to recent water-safety concerns and rampant economic turmoil, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">claims</a> construction of the venues are on schedule and will be delivered on time for the 2016 Olympics -- which will begin one year from now. Public Radio International interviews Rio-based reporter Taylor Barnes, who gives a glimpse into the reality of the situation.</p><p>More Olympic news on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></p><p><a title="Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></p><p><a title="Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></p> New documentary portraits Sérgio Bernardes, Brazil's almost forgotten star Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T14:42:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>S&eacute;rgio Bernardes was a star of 60s Brazil, a brilliant architect and a mesmerising man. And then almost forgotten. His grandson has made a film to discover what happened</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rio's ambitious "Porto Maravilha" redevelopment Nam Henderson 2015-01-09T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T14:14:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"They should be stimulating residential projects both for richer and poorer people, to make this a mixed area, and not another neighbourhood for privileged Brazilians." - president of the Brazilian Institute of Architecture in Rio, Pedro da Luz</p></em><br /><br /><p>Julia Carneiro writes about the ongoing&nbsp;makeover of Rio's long-abandoned harbour region. Although the project includes a large investment in public infrastructure, there are concerns over the fate&nbsp;32,000 people, most of them on low incomes who live in the area.</p> MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T14:22:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Neo-Classical falls foul of Brazil’s love of Baroque Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:52:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through the free-flowing talent of Costa, Niemeyer, Burle Marx and Athos Bulc&atilde;o, Bras&iacute;lia&mdash;the only city built in the 20th century that is listed by Unesco&mdash;has captivated the world since 1960. But the federal capital has not made Modernism sacred in the country as a whole and the protection of Modern architecture is still in its infancy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prepping for World Cup, Brazilian police build mock favelas to train officers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-16T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T16:16:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Police simulations such as these offer a peculiarly spatial insight into the ways humans attempt to make sense of the world. [...] Someone builds a surrogate or a stand-in&mdash;a kind of stage-set on which to test their most viable theories&mdash;then they control that replicant world down to every curb height and door frame. Architecture then comes along simply as ornamentation, in order to give this virtual world a physical footprint</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics Alexander Walter 2014-05-13T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:27:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is envisioned as one of the grandest parties in the Western Hemisphere&mdash;the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will be the first South American city to host the quadrennial showpiece, and the events in &ldquo;Cidade Maravilhosa&rdquo; (Marvelous City) are expected to constitute one of the most expansive Games ever. [...] However, concern that Rio might not be ready in time for the Games is growing louder.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Student-designed floating islands could house Brazil's offshore oil workers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-25T19:18:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T22:18:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Your assignment is to come up with an idea so revolutionary that it could be considered an important advance in industrial design. Students at Rice University in Houston accomplished that with plans for a floating city that is being considered by one of the world's largest oil companies. Last year, the students won the inaugural Odebrecht Award for a radical design of man-made floating islands where as many as 25,000 oil workers and their families could live.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously featured in our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em></a>&nbsp;series, "The Petropolis of Tomorrow" proposes a new style of floating company towns to aid Brazil in offshore oil findings. NPR now reports that the project has surpassed its academic role to be considered by Petrobas, a Brazilian oil company, as a potential solution for housing workers on man-made islands within the next five years.</p><p>Neeraj Bhatia, author of "Petropolis" and professor of the Rice University students who conceived of the project, is also co-editor of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">upcoming&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bracket 4&nbsp;</em></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue, [takes action]</a>. [takes action] <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">submissions</a> are open until March 10.</p> Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known[...] "Instead of creating a space of conviviality, a space of shared culture, of community, of conversation, you are going to have this very isolated element where after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it's going to be dead. You are creating banks, parking lots, Trump towers," Gaffney said. "It's been rezoned for 50-story buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></p></li></ul> Taubman receives $1.3M grant to fund research program on urban architecture Archinect 2014-02-04T12:15:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="182" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning received a $1.3m grant Monday from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The gift will fund architecture and humanities research on metropolitan issues in cities like Detroit, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro for the next four-and-half years. The Mellon Foundation delivered the &ldquo;Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities&rdquo; grant to the University, which supports scholarship and higher education at the intersection of architecture and the humanities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #343 Nam Henderson 2013-11-26T12:22:00-05:00 >2014-01-02T16:25:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect inaugurated a new interview series <strong>The Deans List</strong>. For the first installment, Archinect talked with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Gissen, the Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco</a>.<br><br> Reflecting on current trends and his own interests for the future of architectural education he reflects "<em>I&nbsp; think lots of architecture schools are interested in working with cities, and with centers of power like a municipal office &ndash; some powerful agent that has the ability to transform and legislate the shape of the city. It&rsquo;s an exciting thing for architecture students to be involved in those forms of power</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> While in the latest edition of Showcase; featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taipei Sales Center by Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>.&nbsp;A somewhat temporary project with limited programmatic needs resulted in "<em>a five-story volume pierced (quite literally) and interconnected by an intricate ribbon of rope, steel, and fabric.&nbsp; The renovation creates an entirely new identity and is suggestive of the modern ...</em></p> Rio de Janeiro Cityvision Competition Winners Announced Alexander Walter 2013-08-05T15:08:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T17:39:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro remains the hottest subject for architectural ideas competitions around the world right now. Just last week, we published the winners of the [RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure competition, hosted by British organizers [AC-CA], and today we have received the results of the latest challenge by Italian architecture publication Cityvision, Rio de Janeiro: Two Presents, One Future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mekene Architecture’s Winning [RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure Entry Alexander Walter 2013-08-01T17:37:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:45:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, we published the winners of the recent [RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure competition which challenged architects to design a freestanding World Cup Structure on Rio de Janeiro's central Lapa Square during the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup. Winner of the First Place was the Mekene Architecture-designed entry 'Wing of Glory' which you can find in more detail below.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the [RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure Competition</a></p> Winners of the [RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure Competition Alexander Walter 2013-07-29T20:30:00-04:00 >2013-11-17T13:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure competition has announced its winners. Hosted by [AC-CA], the international ideas competition invited architects and students of architecture and engineering to design a freestanding World Cup Structure on Rio de Janeiro's lively Lapa Square during the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mekene Architecture&rsquo;s Winning [RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure Entry</a></p> Filling the Gap: New Architecture Discourse in Rio de Janeiro Roberto Costa 2013-06-11T11:45:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T11:45:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 2011, Studio-X Rio has been bringing together professionals, academics, decision makers, students, and the general public to confront the city&rsquo;s most pressing challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification Alexander Walter 2013-06-07T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-06-07T15:08:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new boutique hotel perched on top of one of Rio's previously most dangerous favelas is about to open. And yes, there is a jazz club and yoga, too. These are new services catering to a new kind of favela resident. "It's actually very conveniently located for my work," says Natalie Shoup, a 22-year-old American who lives in a favela called Babilonia, or Babylon. "This has a good amount of transportation to every part of the city. It's nice. It worked out really well."</p></em><br /><br /><p> On the other hand: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Remaking Rio: turning an urban dystopia into an Olympic playground </a>(<em>The Verge</em>)</p> <p> Previously on Archinect:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></li> </ul> Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016 Places Journal 2013-04-15T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T17:38:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="553" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Atlanta and Rio are but two chapters in the long history of displacement that has accompanied mega-events like the Olympics. Similar dynamics reshaped London&rsquo;s Clays Lane Estate, Beijing&rsquo;s hutongs, the Marousi Roma settlement in Athens, Barcelona&rsquo;s Poblenou and Seoul&rsquo;s hanoks. . . . Today the people of Vila Aut&oacute;dromo are struggling for what housing scholar-activist Chester Hartman has aptly called &ldquo;the right to stay put.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> As plans unfold for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, MIT's Lawrence Vale and Annemarie Gray consider the case of Vila Aut&oacute;dromo, a former fishing colony on the Olympic site whose residents have organized to resist displacement. They compare ongoing events in Rio to the demolition of Atlanta's Techwood Homes, the first public housing in America, prior to the 1996 Olympics.</p> Results of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Port Competition Alexander Walter 2011-07-08T21:39:36-04:00 >2011-07-15T14:35:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the competition for the Olympic Port in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the winning entries have been announced. [...] The competition aims to rebuild the old harbor area of &#8203;&#8203;Rio and thus be an important agent of this long-awaited process of urban renewal for the city and the entire region.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>