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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.

 

Would you like to propose an event for the Rio2020?
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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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Jeferson Salazar - architect and urban planner, president of the Rio de Janeiro Architecture and Urbanism Council (Cau-RJ)

Jeferson Salazar - architect and urban planner, president of the Rio de Janeiro Architecture and Urbanism Council (Cau-RJ)

Before buildings and large buildings, parks, gardens, squares. The concept of city for Jeferson Salazar involves living spaces and privileges the meeting as the essence of what is urban. It is in public areas that the exercise of coexistence is performed. “Iconic buildings are representations of power, and its splendor, as well as their scale, distance the population from the real perception of the social function of the architecture and urbanism profession. This is not what I value most,” he says.

Born in Maranhão, Jeferson moved at the age of three to his maternal grandmother's house in Lins de Vasconcelos. It is in the North Zone that he recognizes the essence of the spirit of solidarity of Rio de Janeiro citizens, of welcoming. A resident of Rocha, he applies in his daily life the diversity he values in urbanism. “I recently went with my 17-year-old son to a funk ball at Méier. Why wouldn't I go? The city is the meeting place, the greatest product of human culture, and only exists through the coexistence of differences,” he says.

1 – Madureira Park – “An extremely plural place that the population appropriated. It's fantastic as a meeting place and for art, music, poetry ... An endless diversity of activities and profiles.”

2 – Cinelândia – “Cinelândia is surrounded by representative buildings that tell the history of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is a place of manifestations and coexistence between differences.”

3 – Sambadrome - “In addition to being beautiful, this Niemeyer project brings together many uses. It is a space for great shows at certain times, but it is also used throughout the year for education. And education is synonymous with emancipation.”

4 – Mayor Mendes de Moraes Residential Complex (Pedregulho) - “A beautiful project by architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy, a civil servant, who brings pioneering concepts. The curls of its curves accompany the land's relief and bring housing together with a very strong social conception, including incorporating spaces for common use.”

5 – “Another gift from Reidy to the city: a public space where diversity reigns. All extracts from society interact in this beautiful garden in a unique way.”

  • 1 – Madureira Park – "An extremely plural place that the population appropriated. It's fantastic as a meeting place and for art, music, poetry ... An endless diversity of activities and profiles." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

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  • 2 – Cinelândia – "Cinelândia is surrounded by representative buildings that tell the history of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is a place of manifestations and coexistence between differences." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

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  • 3 – Sambadrome - "In addition to being beautiful, this Niemeyer project brings together many uses. It is a space for great shows at certain times, but it is also used throughout the year for education. And education is synonymous with emancipation." - Photo: Cezar Loureiro | Riotur

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  • 4 – Mayor Mendes de Moraes Residential Complex (Pedregulho) - "A beautiful project by architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy, a civil servant, who brings pioneering concepts. The curls of its curves accompany the land's relief and bring housing together with a very strong social conception, including incorporating spaces for common use." - Photo: Michel Filho/Prefeitura do Rio

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  • 5 – "Another gift from Reidy to the city: a public space where diversity reigns. All extracts from society interact in this beautiful garden in a unique way." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

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Patrícya Travassos - Actress

Patrícya Travassos - Actress

When she was a young girl, Patrícya would often come to the old Veloso Bar in Ipanema to buy chewing gum and ice cream. In the edge of the establishment, on the corner of Prudente de Moraes and Montenegro streets, she always saw a group of older men playing guitar, drinking and singing. Years later, she realized that she witnessed meetings that became history: it was there that Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes composed Girl of Ipanema, a classic of Bossa Nova. “Besides being beautiful, Rio de Janeiro generated cultural movements that reverberated throughout the country and also around the world,” recalls the actress.

As a teenager, Patrícya - who began her career in the theater group “Asdrúbal Trouxe o Trombone” - discovered freedom at Pier de Ipanema, a stretch of beach that became an icon of counterculture and surfing in the 1970s. Rio de Janeiro for this girl in love has always been a mix of sea, mountain, forest, sand, waterfalls and history. “This is the city I love the most. When I was a little girl, I thought they were all like that. It took me a while to understand that nothing is like Rio de Janeiro,” says Patrícya.

1 – Lage Park – “For the love story that made that palace emerge, for the glamor of the parties, for the films recorded there, for the art school, for its spaces ... I did many practices and plays there. The beauty of this building, at the foot of the Corcovado, always deserves attention.”

2 – Botanical Garden – “To hug the trees or just to sit there, just vibrating. Even if you don't always go to the Botanical Garden, it's a pleasure to know that it exists, that it's there.”

3 – The Roads Across Tijuca Forest and Chinese View - “In which city in the world can we take a car and walk through a forest? Rio de Janeiro seen from above is wonderful, especially when we are coming down and come across Pedra da Gávea, the most beautiful mountain.”

4 – Downtown – “The historical part of the city makes us travel to the past. It is a history class that shows all the transformations Rio de Janeiro and the country have gone through. With special attention to the Municipal Theater, the Royal Portuguese Reading Office and the Colombo Bakery.”

5 – Museum of Modern Art (MAM) – “I have wonderful memories of this space, the shows I watched there, such as Raul Seixas, the practices of “Asdrúbal Trouxe o Trombone”, the parties. In addition, it has a beautiful architecture and is surrounded by the gardens of Burle Marx.”

  • 1 – Lage Park – "For the love story that made that palace emerge, for the glamor of the parties, for the films recorded there, for the art school, for its spaces ... I did many practices and plays there. The beauty of this building, at the foot of the Corcovado, always deserves attention." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

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  • 2 – Botanical Garden – "To hug the trees or just to sit there, just vibrating. Even if you don't always go to the Botanical Garden, it's a pleasure to know that it exists, that it's there." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

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  • 3 – The Roads Across Tijuca Forest and Chinese View - "In which city in the world can we take a car and walk through a forest? Rio de Janeiro seen from above is wonderful, especially when we are coming down and come across Pedra da Gávea, the most beautiful mountain." - Photo: Ricardo Zerrener|Riotur

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  • 4 – Downtown – "The historical part of the city makes us travel to the past. It is a history class that shows all the transformations Rio de Janeiro and the country have gone through. With special attention to the Municipal Theater, the Royal Portuguese Reading Office and the Colombo Bakery." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

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  • 5 – Museum of Modern Art (MAM) – "I have wonderful memories of this space, the shows I watched there, such as Raul Seixas, the practices of "Asdrúbal Trouxe o Trombone", the parties. In addition, it has a beautiful architecture and is surrounded by the gardens of Burle Marx." - Photo: Marina Herriges | 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.

data.rio - Information Portal of the City of Rio de Janeiro created by the Pereira Passos Municipal Institute of Urbanism - IPP.

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