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In Brazil on October 29, 2010 at 9:29 am


Partial render of the Infinity Tower for Sao Paulo (source: Skyscrapercity). More renders can be found here.


Instituto Cultural Inhotim is a unique site in the town of Brumadinho, 60kms out of Belo Horizonte, MG. Inhotim offers a broad ensemble of art works, displayed outdoors as well as in both temporary and permanent galleries, all located inside a Botanical Garden of extraordinary beauty. The landscaping was originally inspired by famed architect and landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), and rare plant species are distributed in an esthetically pleasing manner throughout an estate which also sports five lakes and a preserved forest area (Inhotim).


From October 28th to November 7th, Rio once again becomes a center point of cinema. This time, long features have given way to a shorter format with the twentieth edition of the Festival Internacional de Curtas de Rio do Janeiro – Curtas Cinema, Rio’s international short film festival (The Rio Times).


As African broadcasters prepare to migrate from analog to digital TV, the Brazilian government has been lobbying countries to drop the North American digital standard for its South American rival (Variety).

The Portuguese group Ongoing Strategy Investments SGPS SA may pay $1 billion to buy or to associate with Rede TV!, a Brazilian TV network (Bloomberg).


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that Brazil would fulfill its deforestation reduction commitment four years earlier than expected. “We will reduce the deforestation by 80 percent by 2016. No country will give such a large contribution to the planet as Brazil,” Lula said (Xinhua).

The worst drought in decades in the Amazon has seen a major river fall to its lowest level since records began in 1902, Brazilian officials say (BBC).

Scientists searching the Amazon have discovered new species – creatures such as a baldheaded parrot, a blue-fanged tarantula and a bright red catfish – at the rate of about one every three days for the past 10 years, the World Wildlife Fund reported (Miami Herald).


People in the Brazilian town of Agua Preta are used to coping with the elements. But nothing could prepare them for events in June when the River Una, which flows through the town, burst its banks after days of heavy rain and began to flood the streets (BBC).



A two-hour drive beyond the lakes region to the east of Rio lies Buzios, the charming fishing village-turned-fashionable holiday destination following its ‘discovery’ by the actress Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. Since then the region has been completely transformed with beach houses, condos and a wealth of pousadas popping up in droves, providing a healthy construction industry and fluid real estate market, with prices kept comparatively affordable by the quantity available (The Rio Times).


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The Rio Times this week heads to Natal, capital city of Rio Grande do Norte, as part of  its tour of Brazilian cities set to play host for thousands of football fans during the 2014 World Cup (The Rio Times).


After being hidden for four months behind the scaffolds used in its restoration, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is once more part of the city’s landscape – a shade lighter, brighter and even more beautiful (Rio Official Guide).

Government officials have provisionally slated the pacification peacekeeping mission in Rocinha for January 2011, though police forces charged with the operation do not, it seems, expect it to happen before March. Meanwhile the inhabitants of Rocinha, Rio’s biggest favela and a city within a city, are concerned about an uncertain future (The Rio Times).

Famous for its lively bohemian and artistic vibe, Santa Teresa has recently become more and more popular amongst tourists both from Brazil and abroad. The Rio Times provides a few tips on how to enjoy a three day weekend in the ‘Brazilian Montmartre’.


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