News from Brazil

Culture & Regional

In Brazil on August 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

BUILDING OF THE WEEK

Rio’s future Museum of Tomorrow, planned for the waterfront downtown (source: Skyscrapercity).

CULTURE

The drug trade in Rio gets further big screen attention this weekend, August 6th, with the nationwide opening of “400 Contra 1 – Uma História do Crime Organizado” (400 Against One – A Story of Organized Crime). Directed by Caco Souza, the movie tells the history of the birth of Comando Vermelho (Red Command), one of the largest and most powerful drug factions in Brazil and is based on the autobiography of William da Silva, one of the principal articulators of the birth of the organization (The Rio Times).

CITIES

As the only Brazilian to make this year’s list of the top 25 most influential thinkers in TIME Magazine, Jaime Lerner is a renowned architect and urban planner whose theories and ideas have been implemented all around the world. Indeed it was his policies that helped turn the Brazilian city of Curitiba into one of the world’s greenest (The Rio Times).

RIO

An increasing number of adventurous visitors and experienced travelers are finding their homes in the city’s favelas, though some are undoubtedly more appealing and convenient options than others (The Rio Times).

Murder rate in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state reached a 20-year low in the first half of 2010, the state’s security chief announced (Xinhua).

SPLIT SECOND POLL

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