Thursday, 04 August 2016 00:51

Mayor Eduardo Paes on Rio's Olympic legacy

'We are not leaving any white elephants behind,' says Rio de Janeiro's mayor in the lead up to the Olympic Games

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Any lasting impact will be to tourism and gentrification rather than the impoverished favelas, says Will Henley

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Friday, 01 July 2016 00:47

Icon 158: Rio Olympics

Our latest issue looks forward to this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – considering the role of architecture and urban planning in securing a lasting legacy

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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

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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

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Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

Praça Tiradentes, Rio de Janeiro

As next year’s Olympics sends Rio into a frenzy of regeneration and rocketing rents, a small district in the east of the city is emerging as a haven for young designers. Saul Taylor visited the neighbourhood for our latest issue. Here are André Vieira's photographs that accompany the article

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Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life

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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:52

Post-match analysis: Sporting legacy

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil rekindled the debate about the legacy of global sporting events. But few people made the case for the aesthetic qualities of the stadiums – or the way that they have reclaimed the country's modernist heritage, says Tim Abrahams

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Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

Adventures of the Black Square

A densely packed exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery takes a Kazimir Malevich's painting as its starting point to assess the history of abstraction and its political undercurrents, says Jessica Mairs

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Arena do Morro

Herzog & de Meuron has turned an unfinished shed into an adaptable, light-filled sports hall in a deprived quarter of the Brazilian city of Natal

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Monday, 19 January 2015 16:23

Sérgio Bernardes

A documentary explores the radical designs that made Brazilian modernist, playboy and Niemeyer contemporary Sérgio Bernardes a star and the controversial affiliations that eventually left him bankrupt and forgotten, says Arthur Thompson

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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 09:17

Industrial Facility

The London-based studio has designed a range of home office furniture for Brazilian brand TOG that includes a chair made from Coke bottles

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:18

A to Z. The World of Isay Weinfeld

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna
18 December 2014 – 23 February 2015

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:27

José Damasceno’s Plot

The Brazilian artist's sculptural interventions at Holborn Library can be read as an architecture in its own right, says architect David Kohn

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:43

Rebel Architecture

Al Jazeera's documentary series adopts a wide definition of rebel – and indeed architect – but is all the more interesting for it, says Hana Loftus

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A tour of informal settlements from Rio to Caracas shows cities being reclaimed in remarkable ways, says Debika Ray. But are they a viable template for the future?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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