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In Brazil on December 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

BUILDING PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Picture of the construction of the Acu Superport, near Campos in Rio de Janeiro state. One of Eike Batista’s LLX company’s main projects, this new port and industrial complex will be larger in size than Manhattan. EBX, LLX’s mother company, is also planning to build 85.000 new homes in the immediate area, anticipating strong employment opportunities (picture LLX).

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CULTURE

Even in a country prone to informality, such as Brazil, certain attitudes or habits may stir controversy or criticism. Before you cross the line and step on somebody’s toe, check these big no-nos, by Deep Brazil’s Regina Scharf.

ARCHITECTURE

Celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer has marked his 103rd birthday by opening a museum of his work. The Oscar Niemeyer Foundation outside Rio de Janeiro houses drawings and models from the modernist architect’s 70-year career (BBC, picture from Wikipedia).

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PARA

BHG S.A., Brazil Hospitality Group, owner of the GoldenTulip brand in Brazil, is reporting the acquisition of two projects in Belem, adding another 190 rooms to its network and consolidating the company’s position as the third largest hotel group in the country. Through these acquisitions, BHG has now planted its flag in the north and has a presence in all of Brazil’s regions (BW).

RIO

The government plans to invest US$600 million remodeling the favelas at the Complexo do Alemão and Complexo da Penha’s Vila Cruzeiro. Last month these two hillsides in Rio’s Zona Norte (North zone) were the scene of some of the worst violent episodes Rio has seen in recent memory (The Rio Times).

SAO PAULO

Luckily there is plenty to offer those ready to explore the hidden beaches dotting the coastline of São Paulo state, or those looking to head inland to discover the lush rolling hills and tropical mountain forests (The Rio Times).

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