Archinect - News 2016-12-03T06:59:23-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149981092/s-o-paulo-named-grand-prize-winner-in-2016-mayors-challenge São Paulo named Grand Prize Winner in 2016 Mayors Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-12-01T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T18:45:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n7/n71qw61xcji0tpur.jpg" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of this year&rsquo;s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, S&atilde;o Paulo&rsquo;s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medell&iacute;n and Bogot&aacute;, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."</em></p><p>Click <a href="http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org/ideas/sao-paulo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about&nbsp;the winning proposal "S&atilde;o Paulo: Growing Farmers&rsquo; Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl."</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge for Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147654209/s-o-paulo-s-big-bet-on-housing-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287035/odd-beauty-downtown-s-o-paulo-through-the-lens-of-felipe-russo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Odd beauty: downtown S&atilde;o Paulo through the lens of Felipe Russo</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966330/stepping-inside-studio-mk27-s-polished-sp_penthouse Stepping inside Studio MK27's polished SP_Penthouse Justine Testado 2016-09-01T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:14:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k8qr7bb5u328rcfn.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The SP_Penthouse in Sao Paulo isn't Don Draper's&nbsp;never-before-seen getaway&nbsp;from a lost episode of &ldquo;Mad Men&rdquo;, although it can surely pass as&nbsp;a set for the&nbsp;TV&nbsp;show with all&nbsp;those modernist furnishings.&nbsp;Since Studio MK27 completed the polished abode&nbsp;last year, it has gained recognition in notable design competitions like&nbsp;the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953098/azure-s-2016-az-awards-conclude-with-18-winning-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 AZ Awards</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;the latest&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959357/2016-inside-world-festival-of-interiors-shortlist-highlights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INSIDE:&nbsp;World Festival of Interiors</a>&nbsp;shortlist. The designers have been in the global spotlight as well&nbsp;for&nbsp;other Sao Paulo&nbsp;projects like the&nbsp;<a href="http://studiomk27.com.br/en/p/livraria-cultura/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultura Bookstore</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bb/bb62lmcmjgqvpftf.jpg"></p><p>Led by Studio MK27's Marcio Kogan, Diana Radomysler and Luciana Antunes, the&nbsp;firm's main&nbsp;objective was to create spatial continuity and a &ldquo;cozy and solemn atmosphere&rdquo; throughout the three-floor penthouse, they state. &ldquo;Infinite circulations accentuate the fluidity between the spaces and configure functional pathways.&rdquo; But careful architectural details and furnishings make all the difference, giving every space its own character.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8w/8wkpsp2sbufx23j5.jpg"></p><p>The house's&nbsp;large corridors&nbsp;aren't mere&nbsp;passageways,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962354/come-on-in-the-water-s-fine-rio-sailors-say-worries-about-water-quality-overblown Come on in, the water's fine: Rio sailors say worries about water quality overblown Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T19:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T19:23:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ui/uin4nn2i8nonzgkx.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite reports of dangerous levels of pollution in Rio's Guanabara Bay and concerns that floating garbage could damage or slow competitors' boats, sailors at the 2016 Olympics are showing little or no fear of getting into the water [...] Many said the dangers of sailing in Rio have been overblown and worried that the water concerns are overshadowing some of the most exciting and challenging sailing of their lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>So far, the Rio Olympics seem to be going pretty well. But before they opened, a series of issues plagued the preparations. For some background, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959805/athletes-refuse-to-move-into-rio-s-olympic-village-citing-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-and-exposed-wiring" target="_blank">Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing &ldquo;blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962265/hit-or-miss-oliver-wainwright-reviews-the-designs-of-the-rio-olympics Hit or miss?: Oliver Wainwright reviews the designs of the Rio Olympics Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:49:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y5/y5qbysg20fkoe4dj.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>he collapsed sailing ramp has been hauled out of the water, a Russian diplomat has heroically killed a carjacker (or maybe not), and 450,000 condoms await action in the leaky athletes village. Beset by construction problems and delays and with preparations decreed the &ldquo;worst ever&rdquo; by the International Olympic Committee, how is the architecture and design of the XXXI Olympiad shaping up so far?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Olympics are in full swing. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961778/rio-olympics-2016-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect-at-the-opening-ceremony" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here's how to watch them.</a>&nbsp;Interest in more Olympics architecture? Check out 10 notable projects from past Olympic Games <a href="http://In%20honor%20of%20the%20Rio%20Games,%206%20momentous%20projects%20from%20the%20Olympics'%2021st-century%20history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zc/zcejcnozkto8549a.jpg"></p><p><em>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special focus on all things related to games. Check out some related articles <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/785338/august-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961778/rio-olympics-2016-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect-at-the-opening-ceremony Rio Olympics 2016: how to watch, and what to expect at the opening ceremony Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-05T13:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:32:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0j/0jyyjqhz6nfggw0o.jpg" width="580" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's finally arrived: the opening ceremony for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/545945/2016-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro</a> is tonight. Technically, the Games are already underway (soccer competitions began on August 3), but the bulk of events will take place after the ceremony.&nbsp;And chances are for those in the U.S., you're nowhere near attending, and&nbsp;you'll be beholden to the broadcasters. Here's what you can expect.</p><p>The opening ceremony will be significantly cheaper than historically has been the case&mdash;the entire budget for the opening and closing ceremonies for both the Olympics and Paralympics is $55.9 million, less than half of what it had been originally. The ceremony's creative director Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian director of&nbsp;<em>City of God&nbsp;</em>(2002), has incorporated three thematic "pillars" into the show: sustainability (partially an ode to the Amazon rainforest), smiling (!), and "gambiarra"&mdash;a Portuguese expression of resourcefulness.</p><p>The ceremony is also scheduled to include legendary soccer player Pele...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961516/in-honor-of-the-olympics-french-artist-jr-installs-giant-athletes-in-rio In honor of the Olympics, French artist JR installs giant athletes in Rio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-04T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:02:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oq/oqip9s51k49f6qdj.jpg" width="650" height="762" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The French artist who goes by JR, known for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/753838/jr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flyposting large-scale photographs</a> in cities around the world, has set up shop in Rio, just in time for the Olympic opening ceremony this Friday. As part of his ongoing worldwide&nbsp;<a href="http://www.insideoutproject.net/rio2016/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Inside Out</em></a>&nbsp;project, and under the invitation of the IOC, he's installed two giant sculptures of athletes in the city, posed in such a way that Rio itself is their stadium.</p><p>One is a diver, in a swan pose over the Barra da Tijuca, the other a high-jumper, curving over the top of the Hilton Santos in the Flamengo neighborhood. The athletes are made from printed fabric stretched over a scaffolding frame, and have been under construction since June.</p><p><em>h/t&nbsp;<a href="http://thespaces.com/2016/08/03/jr-installs-two-giant-athletes-in-sites-across-rio-for-the-olympics/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spaces</a></em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/531mp5wus332492y.jpg"></p><p>Check out more news from Rio:</p><ul><li><a title="Rio's streets clog with traffic as visitors arrive for the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961137/rio-s-streets-clog-with-traffic-as-visitors-arrive-for-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio's streets clog with traffic as visitors arrive for the Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing &ldquo;blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959805/athletes-refuse-to-move-into-rio-s-olympic-village-citing-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-and-exposed-wiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing &ldquo;blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title="Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></li><li><a title="11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961137/rio-s-streets-clog-with-traffic-as-visitors-arrive-for-the-olympics Rio's streets clog with traffic as visitors arrive for the Olympics Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T13:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T13:43:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gs/gsh0elk3l81yk53t.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Special traffic regulations giving priority to athletes and VIP visitors to the Rio 2016 games have caused 20km (12.5 mile) traffic jams in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, days ahead of the opening ceremony. Since the new dedicated Olympic lanes opened on Monday, traffic during the morning rush hour has been reduced to a crawl with average speeds of less than 15 km per hour, according to O Globo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Opening on Friday, the Rio Olympic Games aren't exactly going smoothly. Athletes are <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959805/athletes-refuse-to-move-into-rio-s-olympic-village-citing-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-and-exposed-wiring" target="_blank">refusing</a> to move into the apparently-incomplete Olympic Village. The city's favelas are "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics" target="_blank">rapidly gentrifying</a>", &mdash;displacing families, in the meantime. Workers are <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" target="_blank">dying</a>. Construction contracts for stadiums have been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues" target="_blank">cancelled</a>. And the government is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" target="_blank">in shambles</a>.</p><p>But here at Archinect we're still going to focus on all things game-related for our special August theme, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/785338/august-games" target="_blank"><strong>Games</strong></a>. Check out more relevant articles <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/785338/august-games" target="_blank">here</a>. And submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960055/open-call-for-submissions-games" target="_blank">open call</a> for new versions of that classic real estate game, Monopoly, by Sunday, August 21.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959805/athletes-refuse-to-move-into-rio-s-olympic-village-citing-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-and-exposed-wiring Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring” Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-25T17:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T14:18:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eh/ehxnzf9js8zolcba.jpg" width="648" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sunday was supposed to be move-in day for many athletes, but the leader of the Australian Olympic delegation said its athletes would not be checking in because of problems with the gas, electricity and plumbing. [...] delegations from Britain, New Zealand and other countries were experiencing similar problems in the village, which is in an area of western Rio called Barra da Tijuca.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The official start to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will go ahead on August 5, despite ongoing concerns over the spread of the Zika virus, political upheaval, economic distress, polluted competition waters, and now, questionable athlete facilities.</p><p>More from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/sports/olympics/rio-olympic-village-australia.html?smid=fb-nytimes&amp;smtyp=cur&amp;_r=0&amp;mtrref=go.redirectingat.com&amp;gwh=B99BF27C1089AE628073F1496F6FFE5E&amp;gwt=pay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a>:</p><p><em>Olympic officials said they expected the issues to be resolved within a few days. They said the village had officially opened Sunday morning and, as planned, a few hundred delegation members had moved in.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;There are some adjustments that we are dealing with and will be resolved in a short while,&rdquo; said Carlos Nuzman, the president of the organizing committee. &ldquo;Every Olympic village, because of their magnitude, needs some adjustments until it becomes perfect. The important thing is that everything will be resolved before the Games, without disturbing the athletes.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Get caught up on what's happening in Rio:</p><ul><li><a title="Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly por...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed Rio mayor admits Olympics were a “missed opportunity”, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed Justine Testado 2016-07-14T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T17:49:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ac/ac2otn34wjghk5vm.jpg" width="650" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This is a missed opportunity,&rdquo; Paes acknowledged. &ldquo;We are not showcasing ourselves. With all these economic and political crises, with all these scandals, it is not the best moment to be in the eyes of the world. This is bad.&rdquo; But he also believes the problems are exaggerated by the press in a way that unfairly portrays Rio to the outside world...&ldquo;There has never been so much transformation for poor people [in Rio]...The Olympic Games are a great inspiration to get things done.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics Nicholas Korody 2016-06-15T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T13:22:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gop2fompyersvua7.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, state neglect forced a pace of progress that was slow and painful in Rio&rsquo;s favelas, which &ndash; unlike many other informal settlements around the world &ndash; have a largely stable population. While some residents express satisfaction that state involvement has brought new income streams and improved security, there is anger that changes are imposed from outside, without consultation with residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open" target="_blank">Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center &ndash; 200 days before the games open</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948178/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-brazilian-togetherness-chinese-traditions-and-australian-lidos Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Brazilian togetherness, Chinese traditions and Australian lidos Ed Frith 2016-06-01T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/du/dufzftg4zia75tw5.jpg" width="650" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Biennale has tried to raise fundamental issues around the role of the architect through social and economic issues. Challenges of social inequality, housing, urbanisation, are found across the world but perhaps they are nowhere more apparent than in the cities of Brazil.</p><p>The Curator of the Brazilian Pavilion, Washington Fajardo&mdash;architect, planner, government and advisor to the Rio de Janeiro Mayor&mdash;aimed to "present the stories of people who struggle for and effect change in the face of institutional passivity in the nation's big cities." These are often platitudes but in the Brazilian show there is a depth and reality that may not be at first apparent, it is a serious show dealing with serious issues. Through the title, "Juntos [Together]",&nbsp;the pavilion exhibits a number of projects across Brazil. One example being <a href="http://programavivenda.com.br/#main_header" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Programme Vivenda</a>, a government supported program in S&atilde;o Paulo that brought about small changes through a DIY support program for favelas. At the same time, th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-13T18:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:07:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zy/zyjcm7k3wh704pnp.jpg" width="650" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists can disagree on how much the mass migration of 500,000 foreigners will accelerate the virus&rsquo;s global spread and make the pandemic worse&mdash;but none can possibly argue that it will slow it down or make things better. [...] &ldquo;Olympism seeks to create &hellip; social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles&rdquo;.&nbsp;[...] But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not to mention Brazil's ongoing corruption scandal, that just yesterday resulted in President Dilma Rousseff being kicked out of the Presidential palace, as the impeachment trial against her begins.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a title="Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a title='Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues Alexander Walter 2016-04-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rf/rfnuyxil390pe12r.jpg" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>International sports federations&nbsp;expressed concern&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;over problems with venues for the Olympics&nbsp;in Rio de&nbsp;Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena&nbsp;this week. Members of the Association of Olympic International Sports&nbsp;Federations reviewed preparations for the Rio Games,&nbsp;which open in&nbsp;less than four months on&nbsp;Aug. 5. "They miss some very important details in each field of play,"&nbsp;ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said at the&nbsp;group's annual&nbsp;meeting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-22/two-dead-after-path-built-for-rio-olympics-upgrade-collapses/7348944" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tragic setback occurred yesterday</a> when a seaside section of a recently inaugurated elevated bike path collapsed after being hit by a powerful wave, killing two people and injuring at least three others. A possible third victim may have been swept out into the ocean.</p><p>More Rio 2016 headlines in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center &ndash; 200 days before the games open</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-12T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-04-12T20:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4q/4ql51fh4woh7pkwr.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For Brazil&rsquo;s economy, the near future probably features a period of stagnation, as a government paralyzed by political crisis dodges the tough choices created by strong inflation, rising budget deficits and, at best, a touch of economic growth in 2017 after hitting rock bottom in 2016. [...] Demonstrators have turned out in numbers larger than in 1984 &mdash; when Brazilians of all stripes united to throw off military rule&mdash; to demand [President] Rousseff&rsquo;s ouster</p></em><br /><br /><p>As reported by <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics-idUSKCN0X81ZC" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a> today, a congressional committee has recommended impeaching President Rousseff, partially in response to charges that during her 2014 re-election, she broke campaigning budget laws. This Sunday, the entire lower house will vote, and if the decision to impeach receives two-thirds majority, it will continue to Brazil's Senate.</p><p>From Reuters:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The political chaos in the capital, Brasilia, is playing out less than 100 days before the nation plays host to the first Olympic Games to be held in South America - an event that will cast the world's eyes on Brazil.</em></p><p><em>The battle over Rousseff's impeachment has polarized the nation of 200 million people and brought the government of Latin America's largest economy to a virtual standstill.</em></p><p>All this in the midst of a gigantic corruption scandal within the state-run oil company Petrobras,&nbsp;anxiety from the ongoing Zika virus,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/04/11/473828835/amid-brazils-recession-ticket-sales-lag-for-rio-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">weak Olympic ticket sales</a>&nbsp;&ndash; although, thankfully, Olympic preparations are <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-brazil-olympics-c7ee695e-fa5e-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde-20160410-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"ahead of schedule"</a> for the op...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937228/what-are-the-world-s-most-violent-cities What are the world's most violent cities? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-30T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T13:16:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qc/qcbj05e5xsjorre0.jpg" width="650" height="484" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The thorny task of comparing crime rates across the world is tricky because legal interpretations vary. Sweden's definition of rape is not the same as America&rsquo;s, for example. Murder however should be easier to record because there is an identifiable victim, something that can be counted. But the way in which this is done in poorer, often more corrupt countries makes truly comparable statistics hard to pin down. Where there are inefficient public health systems or police, it is even harder.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Latin American and Caribbean countries suffer disproportionately compared with elsewhere, mainly because of inequality, poor rule of law, impunity and corrupt institutions that are infiltrated by drug cartels. Only two countries outside the region feature on either chart,&nbsp;South Africa and the United States (the list&rsquo;s only rich-world country)."</em></p><p>The article notes the difficulty of accurately ranking cities based on crime statistics; this chart is a revision of an earlier one. But the overall picture remains the same: the world's most violent cities are in the Americas, with the one notable exception being Cape Town, South Africa. The statistics exclude war zones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oy9xreblz8na216.jpg"></p><p>For more on crime and the city, take a look at some Archinect articles from the archive:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140343452/un-haunting-a-house-the-art-of-selling-a-building-with-a-grisly-past" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Un-haunting a house: the art of selling a building with a grisly past</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139459279/how-one-california-prison-is-betting-on-architecture-to-decrease-recidivism-rates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149933852/studio-gang-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-brazil Studio Gang Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Brazil Julia Ingalls 2016-03-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:14:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1u/1ut0yx239wiroj6v.jpg" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Out of a shortlist of six firms, The Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has chosen <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953/studio-gang-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang Architects</a>, run by MacArthur fellow and winner of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149827841/jeanne-gang-wins-architect-of-the-year-in-2016-s-women-in-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016's Architect of the Year from the Women in Architecture Awards, Jeanne Gang</a>,&nbsp;to design a multi-building campus for the new U.S. Embassy based in Brasilia, Brazil. Studio Gang Architects, which has tackled such easy breezy projects in the past as a proposal to reverse the flow of the Chicago River, was chosen in part for its "more than&nbsp;20 years of collaborative experience executing projects with complex constraints at challenging sites," according to a press release. The new embassy, which will rebuild the existing compound on its 12 acre site, will feature a Marine Security Guard Residence, a Chancery, and various support facilities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7h/7h5xqbokgijlqf43.jpg"></p><p>For more on what the Gang has been up to:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125286811/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-wanda-vista-tower-could-be-chicago-s-third-tallest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang's proposed Wanda Vista tower could be Chicago's third-tallest</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147654209/s-o-paulo-s-big-bet-on-housing-policy São Paulo's big bet on housing policy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-08T13:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T21:30:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43d5cbdecb428c1ee7d2ffaa416c8250.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>what exactly does housing justice look like in a metropolis where the wealthiest commute via helicopters while the poorest live in shantytowns perched on riverbanks? [...] &ldquo;The new master plan tries to resolve one of S&atilde;o Paulo&rsquo;s biggest challenges, which is its decentralization" [...] The master plan calls for ... transit-oriented development ... [and] expanding and honing the controversial Zonas Especiais de Interesse Social... swaths of the city defined as having &ldquo;special social interest.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from S&atilde;o Paulo and housing crises the world over:</p><ul><li><a title="Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112435990/relocation-or-adaptation-s-o-paulo-nears-collapse-as-drought-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues</a></li><li><a title="Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123892522/activism-targeting-london-s-housing-crisis-bubbles-to-the-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface</a></li><li><a title="Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446411/unaffordable-cities-this-criminal-lack-of-housing-is-a-global-scandal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal</a></li><li><a title='Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center – 200 days before the games open Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-15T13:01:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b6/b6hgvy6h6zgzalbb.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Rio de Janeiro canceled the construction contract for the Olympic tennis center on Thursday, just 200 days before the start of the games, fining the consortium responsible for delays and breach of contract for the mostly finished venue. [...] Rio City Hall, which is responsible for the construction, did not say how the tennis center, which is 90-percent complete, will be finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145287035/odd-beauty-downtown-s-o-paulo-through-the-lens-of-felipe-russo Odd beauty: downtown São Paulo through the lens of Felipe Russo Alexander Walter 2016-01-09T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:04:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7e9e2a51332ba345cd3df1e67089307b.jpg" width="650" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Felipe Russo, photographer who lives and works in S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil dedicated a photoseries titled Centro, to this vibrant and complex city. Felipe Russo focuses on nearly invisible objects spotted in urban space. He analyses coincidentally captured oddments to decode zeitgeist of a modern city. A plastic bag, brick, cardboard box or zoomed-in cobblestone hidden between business centers, skyscrapers and modern buildings became subjects of surreal compositions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3d/3donbyet6ayqudd0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9y/9y3011os5fxwbdah.jpg"></p><p>Photos from the series <em>Centro</em> by Felipe Russo.</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108715365/articulating-space-the-architecture-of-the-s-o-paulo-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Articulating Space: The Architecture of the S&atilde;o Paulo Biennial</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108433337/the-ruins-of-congonhas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ruins of Congonhas</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112435990/relocation-or-adaptation-s-o-paulo-nears-collapse-as-drought-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T13:18:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:02:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/72/72bh8a1iju6ud0s8.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li><li><a title="Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99707082/racing-to-get-ready-rio-2016-olympics" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/94269335/olympics-set-to-transform-rio-but-for-better-or-worse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141282923/a-young-designer-rethinking-how-we-memorialize-collective-trauma 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdti5gnog9g9u1lq.jpg" width="600" height="399" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kx7esg05i0pl9lrr.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2v0dwtkf6r4e3cw.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ir/ir7fvcl46m023cxl.jpg" width="650" height="366" 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="http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:ded21dccc283403f8b14d3714e405587" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/132880075/toronto-ventures-into-sixth-bid-to-host-olympic-games" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118194335/new-documentary-portraits-s-rgio-bernardes-brazil-s-almost-forgotten-star 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bf5c3563b8e87d35ef75e564c0c7a56a.jpg" width="620" height="400" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112435990/relocation-or-adaptation-s-o-paulo-nears-collapse-as-drought-continues Relocation or Adaptation: São Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T20:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:58:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4r/4radelsa5y6klcau.jpg" width="606" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon. S&atilde;o Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the most important reservoirs in Brazil is the&nbsp;Cantareira watershed, which supplies around 45% of the city of S&atilde;o Paulo's water. Back in August, authorities <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/nasa-photos-sao-paulo-drought-20141027" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">warned</a> that the city, which is the largest on the continent, could run out of water in 100 days if the waters dropped to 12%. Now, supplies are at a record 3.3% and creating <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20141024121030-es9ea/?source=hpMostPopular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortages</a> for over 30% of the city's 44 million residents. According to the Financial Times, residents in 70 other cities in the state of S&atilde;o Paulo have experienced water outages, some of which have gone on for days. Despite some minor efforts to curb usage &ndash; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2014/sep/05/brazil-drought-crisis-rationing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">such as reducing water pressure by 75% at night</a> &ndash;,&nbsp;Vicente Andreu, president of Brazil's Water Regulatory Agency, has <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20141024121030-es9ea/?source=hpMostPopular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stated</a> that S&atilde;o Paulo should prepare for a&nbsp;"collapse like we've never seen before" in the next few weeks.</p><p>President Dilma Rousseff, who <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/26/world/americas/brazil-presidential-election/index.html?hpt=wo_bn5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">just won reelection</a>, had used the drought as a major campaign issue. She <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-21/sao-paulo-warned-to-brace-for-more-dramatic-water-shortages.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">claimed</a> that Governor&nbsp;Geraldo Alckmin, whose a member of the opposition p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108715365/articulating-space-the-architecture-of-the-s-o-paulo-biennial Articulating Space: The Architecture of the São Paulo Biennial Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T14:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b9/b9eb1bd65343bed480b23786b8bf8ee2.jpg" width="640" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The S&atilde;o Paulo Biennial, which opened on September 6, is traditionally a contemporary art festival, but this year&rsquo;s event puts new emphasis on architecture. Chief curator Charles Esche commissioned nearly 70 percent of the exhibition&rsquo;s artworks, collaborating with a five-person curatorial team that included an architect for the first time in the biennial&rsquo;s 63-year history (fun fact: it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s second-oldest contemporary art biennial).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108274491/apple-2-campus-taking-shape-ncarb-names-names-and-cities-sell-out-news-round-up-for-september-2-2014 Apple 2 campus taking shape, NCARB names names, and cities sell out: News Round-Up for September 2, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T18:04:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:31:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s1/s16roovge6nuekej.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles</a>: Beijingers can insert a recyclable bottle and receive equivalent rebates in train fares or mobile phone credits.</li><li><a title="Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a>: Thousands of Brazil's bus stops are unmarked, leading fed-up residents to install their own signage under the Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?<em>&nbsp;</em>(Which Bus Stops Here?) program, one of the world's biggest community projects.</li><li><a title="Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251985/town-becomes-a-beer-ad-but-residents-don-t-feel-like-a-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party</a>: Crested Butte, Colorado, population 1,500, was outfitted for a three-day party to publicize Bud Light, with 1,000 partiers vetted and shipped in by Anheuser-Busch. The town's Mayor agreed to host the party to the tune of $500,000, in part to help boost the town's mostly tourist economy during the difficult "shoulder" season between summer and winter.</li><li><a title="Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a>: Nitpicking continues over the Memori...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5d/5d421adb1f9e7594d3e0fd76b8e131de.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of bus stops in Brazil completely lack signage to indicate which buses actually stop there. The nation-wide inconvenience has finally been tackled by one of the biggest community projects in the world. &lsquo;Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?&rsquo; (&lsquo;Which Bus Stops here?&rsquo;) is a resident-led initiative which has taken Brazil by storm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T15:21:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rp/rpmhst4y30tijhod.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Later this month, about 900 of the 1,500 families who live in Vila Uni&atilde;o will start to move out to make way for the TransOl&iacute;mpica rapid bus system (BRT) to be built for the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is one of the biggest favela resettlements since Rio was chosen to host the games, with some 500 families also resettled from 2010 to 2011 for the construction of the TransOeste BRT.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108022943/neo-classical-falls-foul-of-brazil-s-love-of-baroque 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0d/0d308a37dba5b9a9e58a26c59d5e4dc1.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/94/94379d66dbc9f57683dc8a6a9ee44b45.jpg" width="650" height="420" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>