Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

Vertical Itaim, São Paulo, by Marcio Kogan

An elegant residential tower in the central of the Brazilian city offers a much-needed model for smarter urban living in a city choked by traffic, sprawl and inflated prices, says Saul Taylor

Published in News
Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

5 archi-cult hotels you should know

Planning your next holiday yet? Here is Icon’s selection of five great buildings where every architecture fanatic would surely want to rest their head, from an inn by Kengo Kuma to an art-lover’s paradise in Provençe

Published in Comment
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:26

São Paulo: Edge city

On this drive-by portrait of Brazil's largest city, Justin McGuirk takes us on a tour around the sprawling metropolis, exploring the ring of social housing and favelas around it – a vast area from which many residents faced eviction as the country prepared to host the 2014 football World Cup

Published in Features
Monday, 19 May 2014 11:30

Interview: Daniel Libeskind

The New Cities Foundation hosted an summit on the future of cities in two of Niemeyer's buildings in São Paulo's Ibirapuera Park. Daniel Libeskind, a trustee of the Foundation, who is about to break ground on his first South American project in the city, spoke to Christopher Turner after his keynote address

Published in Features

Brasil Arquitetura has continued São Paulo’s proud tradition of brutalist public architecture, creating a massive concrete culture and music complex in a tight inner-city space

Published in Features
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 01:00

New Brazilian designers

Fernando and Humberto Campana are seen as the godfathers of modern Brazilian design, and the influence of their ‟alchemical” use of salvaged materials is seen a new generation. But these young designers are determined not to live in the shadow of their forebears, says Christopher Turner

Published in Features

Over the past 50 years, São Paulo’s architects have developed a distinctive concrete modernism that is at once monumental and intimate – solid as a fortress, but inviting everybody in. Among the city’s endless skyscrapers, it has resulted in some of the liveliest public spaces on Earth.

Published in Features
Thursday, 08 August 2013 12:24

Icon 123: Brazil

Edwin Heathcote explores São Paulo's sagging infrastructure and is inspired by its crowded, lively public spaces and a new cultural centre. Christopher Turner meets several Paulistan designers, a younger generation inspired by the Campana brothers but forging their own unique style. We also visit Inhotim, an art park in the Brazilian mountains, and talk to Daniel Libeskind about his first building in South America.

Published in NEWS
Friday, 10 May 2013 10:16

Geraldo de Barros

Fifty years separated the Brazilian artist’s two series of abstract photographs, but Isabel Stevens finds them both equally startling.

Published in Review

In his latest book the radical geographer David Harvey examines the idea of the “right to the city” and looks at ways in which urban populations around the world can reclaim the spaces that couldn’t work without them, but which they rarely control

Published in Features