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Wonderful City, World Heritage Site as Urban Cultural Landscape and most famous destination in Brazil. In 2020 Rio de Janeiro stands one more title: the first World Capital of Architecture. The nomination was granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects (UIA) to the host city of the 27th World Congress of Architects, to be held in July 2020 on the theme "All worlds. One World. Architecture 21".

Unique in the art of harmonizing nature and architecture, Rio brings along in its waterfront, its parks and its avenues, examples of five centuries of styles, represented by more than ten thousand conserved properties and about two thousand listed. Its population of almost seven million inhabitants use to daily live with urban landmarks that will now be shared with the whole world.

After hosting important international events in recent years, Rio takes the leading role in architecture. This title is more than a recognition of the city's architectural, historical and cultural past. It is also an opportunity to think about the future. A chance to celebrate Rio yesterday and today and also to define what you want for cities around the world.
The 2020 program will include tourist, cultural, educational and scientific events throughout the city, involving not only citizens but also visitors. The City of Rio de Janeiro and the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), which work in partnership with the Rio 2020 World Capital Architecture Organizing Committee, are responsible for the calendar and host civil society initiatives through this form.

 

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  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Imperial Palace

    XV de Novembro Square 48 - Centro

    1743 Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim, Reform

    1985 Glauco Campello, Renovation and adaptation of use

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.amigosdopacoimperial.org.br/ 1 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    São Bento Church and Monastery

    Dom Gerardo Street 40 - Centro

    1617 Francisco de Frias da Mesquita

    1670 Frei Bernardo de São Bento Corrêa de Souza, project

    1633, 1670-1690 Building;

    Séc. XVIII, Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim [Claustro]

    18th, 19th, 20th and 21th Centuries – Reforms and Renovations

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/mosteiro-de-sao-bento/ 2 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Teles Arch

    Quinze de Novembro Square 32/34 - Centro

    Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim, project

    Middle of 18th Century - Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 3 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Saint Anthony Church and Convent

    Carioca Square, no number - Centro

    Francisco dos Santos, Vicente Salvador, Estevão dos Anjos and Antônio de Calvário (Friars), project

    1608-1620 building

    1920-1926 and 2007-2014 main reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 4 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Church of Our Lady of Glory of Outeiro

    Nossa Senhora da Glória Square 135 - Glória

    José Cardoso Ramalho, project

    1714-1739 Building

    1735-1740 Tiles

    18, 19 nd 20th Centuries - Reforms and renovations

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 5 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    National Historical Museum

    Marechal Âncora Square no number - Centro

    1920 Archimedes Memória and Francisque Cuchet, Project

    1920 – 1922 Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://mhn.museus.gov.br/ 6 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    National Library Foundation

    Rio Branco Av. 219/239 - Centro

    Hector Pepin, project

    1905-1910 Francisco Marcelino de Souza Aguiar, building

    1990-1996 and 2014-2015 reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://www.bn.gov.br/ 7 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Municipal Theater

    Floriano Square no number - Centro

    1904 Albert Guilbert and Francisco de Oliveira Passos, project

    1905 - 1909 Building

    1934 Reforms

    2008 Renovation

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br/ 8 2
  • Copacabana Palace Hotel

    Atlântica Av. 1702 - Copacabana

    1917 Joseph Gire, project

    1919-1923 building

    1991-1995 and 2005 Reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/onde_ficar/copacabana-palace/ 9 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Central Station (Central do Brasil)

    Cristiano Otoni Square no number - Centro

    1936-1937 Roberto Magno de Carvalho and Escritório Robert Prentice (Geza Heller and Adalberto Szilard), project

    1937-1943 Building

    2012 reform

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 10 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    Gustavo Capanema Palace

    Imprensa Street 16 - Centro

    1936 - 1937 Lucio Costa, Carlos Leão, Jorge Machado Moreira, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy and Ernani Vasconcelos, Project

    Le Corbusier, advisor

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping

    1937-1944 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/palacio-gustavo-capanema/ 11 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Moreira Salles Institute

    Marquês de São Vicente Street 476 - Gávea

    1948 Olavo Redig de Campos, project

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping and tile panel

    1951 building

    1995-1999 Luiza Dutra and Walter Menezes, renovation and adaptation of use

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://ims.com.br/unidade/rio-de-janeiro/ 12 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho|Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Pedregulho (Residential Complex Prefeito Mendes de Morais)

    Marechal Jardim St. 450 - São Cristóvão

    1946 Affonso Eduardo Reidy, project;

    Carmem Portinho, Sidney Santos, David Astracan, Francisco Lopes and Gabriel de Souza Aguiar; Francisco Bolonha and Roberto Burle Marx, contributors

    1947; 1950-1958 Department of Popular Housing of the Federal District, building

    2011;2013-2014 restoration Alfredo Britto, technical supervision

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 13 2
  • Photo: Marina Herriges | Riotur

    Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art (MAM)

    Infante Dom Henrique Av. 85 - Flamengo Park

    1953 Affonso Eduardo Reidy, project

    Carmem Portinho and Emílio Baumgart, contributors

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping

    1954-1958 and 1968 National Construction Company, construction (Block School and Museum, respectively)

    1982 Restoration after fire

    2005-2006 Theater building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://www.mam.rio/ 14 2
  • Photo: Fernando Maia | Riotur

    Maracanã | Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium

    Presidente Castelo Branco Av no number, Gate 2 - Maracanã

    1949 Raphael Galvão, Pedro Paulo Bastos, Antônio Dias Carneiro and Orlando Azevedo, project

    1949 - 1950 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/maracana/ 15 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Rio Museum of Art (MAR)

    Mauá Square 5 - Centro

    1912-1920 Building (Prince D. João Building)

    1929 Building (Old Bus Terminal Building)

    2010-2013 Bernardes+Jacobsen, MAR project

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://museudeartedorio.org.br/ 16 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Museum of Tomorrow

    Mauá Square 1 - Centro

    2010 Santiago Calatrava, project

    Ruy Rezende Arquitetura, development

    2012 - 2015 Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://museudoamanha.org.br/ 17 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    City of Arts Complex

    Américas Av. 5300 - Barra da Tijuca

    2002 Christian de Portzamparc, project | L.A. Rangel Arquitetos, development

    2004 - 2013 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.cidadedasartes.rio 18 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    Madureira Park

    Soares Caldeira St. 115 - Madureira

    2010-2015 Ruy Rezende Arquitetura, project

    Mauro Bonelli, advisor

    2010-2012 implementation 1st phase

    2014-2015 expansion 2nd phase

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/parque-madureira/ 19 2
  • Photo: Pedro Kirilos | Riotur

    Flamengo Park

    Infante Dom Henrique Av. - Flamengo

    1962 Flamengo Park Working Group - Lota de Macedo Soares, Project coordination Affonso Eduardo Reidy and Roberto Burle Marx, project

    Berta Leitchic, Luiz Emygdio de Mello Filho and Maria Augusta Costa Ribeiro, contributors

    1965 Richard Kelly, lighting

    1961 a 1965 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/atividades-no-aterro-do-flamengo/ 20 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    A Noite(The Night) Building

    Mauá Square 07 - Centro

    Joseph Gire and Elisário Cunha Bahiana, project

    Emilio Henrique Baumgart, structural calculation

    1927 - 1929 Gusmão, Dourado and Baldassini, building

    2012 beginning of reform and renovation

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 21 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Oswaldo Cruz Institute

    Brasil Av. 4365 - Manguinhos

    1905-1918 Luis de Moraes Júnior, project and building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 22 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Penha Church

    Largo da Penha 19 - Penha

    1728 building

    1870-1872 reform

    Begining of 20th century Luís de Moraes Júnior, refurbishment

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 23 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Roberto Burle Marx Site

    Roberto Burle Marx Road 2019 - Barra de Guaratiba

    1949 Roberto Burle Marx, intervention project

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/sitio-burle-marx/ 24 2
 
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Jailson de Souza e Silva - sociologist, founder of Observatório de Favelas and director and founder of Maria e João Aleixo Institute

Jailson de Souza e Silva - sociologist, founder of Observatório de Favelas and director and founder of Maria e João Aleixo Institute

On the day that this interview was granted, Jailson had just landed from a two-week trip through Vietnam. Visiting Asia, he found something that has captivated him for years in the slums of Rio de Janeiro: the pleasure and harmony in the coexistence between differences. For the PhD in Sociology born in Mangueirinha, Brás de Pina, the answer is in the periphery, the example for a city where the interpersonal relations have more prominence than infrastructure. “In Vietnam, I saw 57 different ethnicities living together without conflict. Until we understand that this is the way out, we will not have a real complete city” he says.

Jailson advocates a change of the parameters used in research that establishes the quality of life of a city. According to him, these indicators are always set by the ruling group and, thus, the beauty of the slums remains hidden under a thick layer of prejudice. He points out that building a different vision does not mean idealizing. But making that population more potent and capable of making changes. “Slums are always analyzed from the point of view what is missing in them. We need to draw new indicators that reveal all the beauty that exists in these spaces: children playing, friendships, young people producing culture”, he says.

1 - Favelas in general and, in particular, Nova Holanda (in English, New Holland), in Complexo da Maré - “This is the most intense space in Rio de Janeiro, where life flows. Cariocas themselves do not know the slums of the city. ”

2 - Maracanã Stadium - “The temple of football involves passions and different types of groups. It is an area of the city that encourages coexistence. ”

3 – Carioca beaches - “A place that exercises the coexistence of diversity with harmony and respect. Especially, Flamengo beach, which brings together the most diverse groups. ”

4 - Quinta da Boa Vista - “Quinta's lawns have been a reference in integration for decades. A place I frequented a lot when I was little and still a place of democratic living. ”

5 - Parque Madureira - “A point in Rio de Janeiro that stimulates the gathering. It is full of energy, stimulates the practice of various sports and exchange of experiences, raising the self-esteem of the population. ”

  • 1 – Favelas in general and, in particular, Nova Holanda (in English, New Holland), in Complexo da Maré – Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 2 – Maracanã Stadium – Photo: João Paulo Engelbrecht

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  • 3 – Carioca beaches – Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 4 – Quinta da Boa Vista - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 5 – Parque Madureira – Photo: Fernando Maia|Riotur

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Celso Rayol - architect, president of the Brazilian Association of Architecture Offices (AsBEA)

Celso Rayol - architect, president of the Brazilian Association of Architecture Offices (AsBEA)

An art deco door of a 1940s building in Copacabana, a pilotis of a building, the adornment of a ruined house. Rio de Janeiro is a constant source of inspiration for Celso Rayol to create projects for ... Rio de Janeiro. The architect, who moved to Rio de Janeiro when he was 17, assumes that the city has conquered him for its whole: its nature, its diversity, its details, its excitement and its refuges. "I am completely in love. In here, there is room for every taste, for everyone. We need to honor our own architecture," says Celso who chooses among his favorite spots, places he calls "urban breaks", where you can reduce your speed.

In his professional career, which began as an intern at the office of the architect, urban planner and former mayor of Rio, Luiz Paulo Conde, he has signed all kinds of projects. Among them, buildings internationally recognized by awards such as the ArchDaily's “Building of the year”. Over time, however, Celso has increasingly cherished the desire to help and engage the population as a whole in favor of Rio. "If we speak badly about (the city of Rio de Janeiro), we are going nowhere. I am positive. It is as I wrote on the facade of a recent project: 'The pleasure of walking comes with the initiative of the first step.' We need to take care of the city and reduce its distances”, says the architect.

1 - Museum of Modern Art (MAM) - “The brutalist building designed Reidy is the icing on the cake of a beautiful urban park project that transformed the edge of Guanabara Bay. The pilotis that enclosing the park, give me the idea of being in a place with stunning architecture and artwork, which I love. They feed me. Better yet, surrounded by nature and gardens designed by Burle Marx ... and with a coffeehouse where I can stop and relax! ”

2 - Parque Lage - “The fusion of art, nature and architecture, as well as in MAM, also makes me to indicate this place of Rio. However, as a counterpoint to concrete and modernist landscaping, the palace designed by Italian architect Mario Vodret shines amidst a romantic garden inspired by 19th century English spaces. Parque Lage offers me the same kind of pleasure that is good for my soul. "

3 - Moreira Sales Institute (IMS) - “Another place that attracts me by the combo: art, architecture and nature. Treated by some critics as a “modernist palace,” IMS Rio's headquarters was designed as the home of the diplomat Moreira Sales by the architect Olavo Redig de Campos. It has the gardens of Burle Marx and, to top it off the unique beauty of this space, a delicious meal. ”

4 - Brazilian Equestrian Society - "The Equestrian Society has a very cool relation with the surrounding landscape. On the one side, the hill, the Tijuca Forest and the buildings of the Jardim Botânico neighborhood, where I live. On the other, the water mirror of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the roofs of the buildings that make up the complex. In addition, it is also graced by a wonderful view of Christ the Redeemer. "

5 - Praça Mauá - "The transformation by which this area went through enchants me and awakens sensibility regarding the memory of the people who built our city. The new buildings and the restoration of the port area are forward looking, but anchored by the many stories that happened in the zone. It's amazing to see that a city with already so many already consolidated touristic spots is capable of creating such a space. " 

  • 1 - Museum of Modern Art (MAM) - Photo: Marina Herriges | Riotur

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  • 2 - Parque Lage - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 3 - Moreira Sales Institute (IMS) - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 4 – Brazilian Equestrian Society - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 5 - Praça Mauá - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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visit.rio - City of Rio de Janeiro Tourism Authority - RIOTUR's website with itineraries and touristic places in the city.

ruas.rio - Public Address Recognition History System created by the Urbanism Secretary - SMU.

Patrimônio Cultural Carioca - website with information about the City's Heritage created by the Rio Heritage Institute - IRPH.

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