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In Brazil on September 24, 2010 at 9:20 am


Render of  the Youturn Pavilion, now at the 29th Art Biennale Sao Paulo, designed by Ben van Berkel’s UNStudio.  The UNStudio Pavilion places itself between artwork, installation and architecture; operating as both a form and a functional structure performing as an activator of events (UNStudio).


Rio is the meeting point of cinephiles and film industry professionals from around the world during Festival do Rio 2010 (Rio International Film Festival), the 12th edition of Latin America’s biggest film festival (The Rio Times).

“Lula – Brazil’s Son,” an independently produced but glowing portrayal of Brazil’s first working-class president, was selected unanimously by a panel of filmmakers and government officials as the South American country’s candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards (Reuters).


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President Lula da Silva’s comments on freedom of the press are “something dangerous” and put him on the tracks of “Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez”, said the president of the Inter-American Press Association (SIP), Alejandro Aguirre in an interview published in Brazilian newspaper O’Globo (Mercopress).

Google was asked by Brazilian officials to remove content from the Web 398 times in the first half of the year, the most by a government, according to a report published today by the Internet-search company (Bloomberg).


The BNDES approved three more Amazon Fund projects. The Fund finances efforts to prevent, monitor and combat deforestation, as well as conservation projects and the sustainable use of the Amazon forests (BNDES).
Between 1996 and 2005 some 19,500 sq km of the Brazilian Amazon were cleared each year. At that rate, a third would be gone by 2050 and the rest might wither. But the rate of clearance has been reduced drastically and in 2008-09 it was at its lowest level for two decades, at a mere 7,008 sq km (The Economist).

An intersting read about saving the Amazon is discussed in The Economist: Sustainable Development in Practice: Lessons Learned From Amazonas,  by Virgilio Viana of the International Institute for Environment and Development.



The city’s 29th Arts Biennal has started!


The Rio Times turns its gaze to Brazil’s North-East this week, and the city of Recife – home to Santa Cruz, Sport Recife, and Náutico football clubs – in their series looking into the venues set to host the 2014 World Cup (The Rio Times).


Every day tens of thousands of Reais of pirated goods – from computer software and DVDs to trainers and clothing – are sold on the streets of Rio. Focused around the SAARA covered market of Uruguiana in Centro, it’s a black market industry worth billions of dollars, but figures released last week show that the authorities are slowly stemming the flow (The Rio Times).

Driving along Avenida das Américas in Barra da Tijuca, it is hard not to notice two lone, circular towers among the square apartment blocks and sprawling shopping malls. Located just opposite the ‘Hipermercado Extra’, one of the Oscar Niemeyer-designed apartment buildings sits happily occupied while its brother, Torre Abraham Lincoln, has remained empty and unfinished since construction was halted in 1972 (The Rio Times).

Having hit a new record of over 70,000 visitors last year and with the forthcoming, and much-needed, renovations set to start in early 2012, Rio Zoo is slowly closing in on claiming a spot on the city’s famous list of tourist destinations (The Rio Times).


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