Archinect - News 2015-11-27T14:07:59-05:00 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> 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> 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="" width="514" height="308" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">just won reelection</a>, had used the drought as a major campaign issue. She <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">claimed</a> that Governor&nbsp;Geraldo Alckmin, whose a member of the opposition p...</p> 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="" width="514" height="305" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="514" height="342" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a>: Nitpicking continues over the Memori...</li></ul> Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T15:21:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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> The Growing Middle Class of Brazil’s Slums Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:33:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="134" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazil&rsquo;s burgeoning middle class have an important place in the country&rsquo;s slums. This finding is part of a survey released by the newly created Instituto Data Favela which established that, in 2013, 65% of the country&rsquo;s slum-dwellers belonged to the middle class. In 2003, this proportion was 33%. [...] &ldquo;But we are not only interested in the middle class,&rdquo; he argues, &ldquo;We want to benefit all community residents through sustainable and comprehensive development, achieved through economic avenues.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> City: Ways of Making, Ways of Using Places Journal 2014-02-28T18:53:00-05:00 >2014-02-28T18:54:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the projects shown here, architects and artists reflect on the problems and possibilities of economic and urban growth. How is rapid urbanization happening? Who is benefiting, and who is being displaced or excluded? What can architects and citizens do to exert leverage on processes at once local and global?</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Places, Jonathan Massey reviews the 10th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial, and presents a slideshow of selected works.</p> 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> 5 months before the World Cup, half the venues aren't finished Alexander Walter 2014-01-27T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T14:17:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Less than five months before Brazil's World Cup kicks off, 6 out of 12 venues are still unfinished -- including a complex in the northern city of Manaus, where construction workers have died and pay for laborers is an issue. Fifa has warned Brazil's World Cup 2014 host city of Curitiba that it could be excluded unless work speeds up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three killed after partial stadium collapse at 2014 World Cup venue</a></p> Niemeyer's Latin America Memorial building hit by fire in Sao Paulo Archinect 2013-12-02T19:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T19:28:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Authorities in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, have fought a major blaze at a landmark building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. A large plume of smoke billowed from the Latin America Memorial, a cultural centre which hosts an art gallery, an auditorium and other facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Three killed after partial stadium collapse at 2014 World Cup venue Archinect 2013-11-27T14:51:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T14:56:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazil's World Cup preparations suffered a deadly setback on Wednesday when a roof collapsed killing at least two building workers at the S&atilde;o Paulo stadium that is due to host the opening match. Coming a week before the draw for next year's tournament, the fatalities revive concerns about unsafe infrastructure and the slow pace of construction, which have dogged the hosts for more than a year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lina Bo Bardi: "I Am Somehow Special" Places Journal 2013-11-12T17:12:00-05:00 >2013-11-13T10:10:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="602" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lina Bo Bardi was loyal more to an emancipating concept of modernity than to the abstract, formal language of modern architecture. Her thinking and practice were situated at the intersection of different worldviews: north and south, city and hinterland, privilege and deprivation, modernism and tradition, past and present, abstraction and social realism. As she declared in 1989, &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t make myself alone. I am curious and this quality broadens my horizons. ... I am somehow special.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lina Bo Bardi's career spanned two continents and six decades, but we are only just beginning to appreciate what Zeuler Lima describes as the "vast and original body of work that emerged from her prolific but discontinuous trajectory as architect, designer, illustrator, writer, editor and curator."</p> <p> Places has published an excerpt of Lima's new monograph,<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lina Bo Bardi</a></em> (Yale University Press), with a slideshow of major projects.</p> 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> Master Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passes away at 104 Paul Petrunia 2012-12-05T19:16:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T17:34:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>"I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein."</em> - Oscar Niemeyer, 2000, <em>The Curves of Time: The Memoirs of Oscar Niemeyer</em></p> <p> We are sad to announce that one of history's most talented, dedicated, inspirational, and passionate architects has passed away at the age of 104 years, 10 days before his 105th birthday. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oscar Niemeyer</a> has been in and out of the hospital a number of times this year due to complications related to various health issues, while never letting his focus deviate from his life's work.</p> <p> Some photos of Oscar Niemeyer, and his work, throughout the years...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Ministries Esplanade with several of Niemeyer's buildings: the Nati...</p> Richard Meier in Rio: Modernism Meets Tropicalia in the Architect's South American Debut Richard Meier & Partners 2012-05-03T14:21:00-04:00 >2012-05-03T14:22:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After spending last year traipsing below the border to break ground on his first few projects in Mexico, Richard Meier is heading below the equator to start his first South American project: a light, modernist office building in the beach-lined metropolis and future Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby Orhan Ayyüce 2012-03-05T15:13:00-05:00 >2012-03-06T19:30:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The authorities think progress is demolishing our community just so they can host the Olympics for a few weeks</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="">Brazilian government is evicting people and demolishing thousands of homes to stage the&nbsp;Olympics&nbsp;and the World Cup.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;These events were supposed to celebrate Brazil&rsquo;s accomplishments, but the opposite is happening,&rdquo; said Christopher Gaffney, a professor at Rio&rsquo;s Fluminense Federal University. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing an insidious pattern of trampling on the rights of the poor and cost overruns that are a nightmare.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>The favela evictions have struck a particular nerve on the streets. A network of activists in 12 cities estimates that as many as 170,000 people may face eviction ahead of the World Cup and the Olympics. In Rio, evictions are taking place in slums across the city, including the Metr&ocirc; favela near the Maracan&atilde; stadium, where residents who refused to move live amid the rubble of bulldozed homes.</em></p> Oscar Niemeyer turns 104 today Archinect 2011-12-15T12:24:00-05:00 >2012-11-11T00:26:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The man who was awarded the 1988 Pritzker Prize continues to devote his afternoons to working on new projects, including a theatre with a capacity for 2 500 people on Flamengo Park, near Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain. "I came up with a solution that is capable of prompting surprise and attracting the public: a magnificent dome which would be built before the Sugarloaf Mountain," he recently wrote.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vis-à-vis with Fernanda Marques: The Malibu Residence in São Paolo, Brazil adelz 2011-07-13T08:51:02-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Archinect's Building of the Week series is brought to you by our friends at, the web's most comprehensive directory of buildings.</em></p> <p> S&atilde;o Paulo-based architect Fernanda Marques is one of the most versatile, comprehensive and innovative designers of our time. Her unique style in architecture provokes sensations. As Le Corbusier writes: 'a series of sensations is like melody in music.. The melody is the idea, harmony is the means, the tool, the presentation of the idea.'&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <strong>What is the parti in the project?</strong></p> <p> Escaping the obvious, presenting innovating solutions and making full use of technology.</p> <p> <strong>How are the spaces laid out and articulated?</strong></p> <p> On the lower floor the emphasis was placed on enhancing the living areas so as to provide full integration between the areas. The gourmet kitchen was opened onto the dining-room, the staircase and the lift shaft casing were built of clear glass, to integrate the living area and the home-theatre and the outside area, where a...</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>