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Brazil Weekly Cultural & Regional News

In Brazil on July 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Leopoldo and Lopes Neto residencial complex for Itaim Bibi, Sao Paulo (Source).

ARTS

Gambiarra is the Brazilian practice of makeshifts, the art of resorting to quirky and smart improvisation in order to repair what doesn’t work or to create what you need with what you have at your disposal. Gambiologia is the ‘science’ that studies this form of creative improvisation and celebrates it by combining it with electronic-digital techniques. Gambiologiais also the name of a collective of artists – Fred Paulino, Lucas Mafra and Paulo Henrique ‘Ganso Pessoa’ – who mix this art of improvisation with DIY culture & technology to develop electronic artifacts (PSTK).

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SPORTS

It proved a deal too far, for now at least, but the mooted transfer of Carlos Tevez, a homesick Argentine footballer, from Manchester City to São Paulo’s Corinthians for 100m reais ($64m) suggests that something is afoot in Brazil’s most popular sport. Mr Tevez’s deal was scuppered in part by the closing of Brazil’s domestic transfer window. But his teammate Jô moved back to Brazil, as did Denilson, from Arsenal in London (The Economist).

The upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and Summer Olympics in Brazil should be harnessed to deliver a “positive social legacy” for the South American country and beyond, the United Nations envoy for sports and peace has said (MercoPress).

Brazil’s sports minister says the construction and renovation work on the 12 stadiums scheduled to host matches at the World Cup will be concluded by late 2013 (Washington Post).

After four days’ competition in Rio at the Military World Games, which is set to close on July 24, Chinese military athletes altogether collected 18 golds from swimming and piled up 22 gold, leading the medals table with 52. Brazil followed up with 16 golds and 44 medals thanks to the support of top athletes in the host country. Italy and Germany finished temporarily in third and fourth places respectively in medals ranking, with a far less eight and four golds (Xinhua).

AMAZON

Police in Brazil have indicted three people for the killing of a couple of prominent environmental activists in the Amazon three months ago (BBC).

FERNANDO DE NORONHA

Measuring just 7.1 square miles, Ilha Fernando de Noronha lies within the state of Pernambucco off the coast of Natal, the biggest in a group of 21 islands. Although not exactly close to the State of Rio, Fernando de Noronha has long been a popular travel destination for both Carioca holiday-makers and foreign tourists alike, who head to its crystal clear waters and white sand shores to experience paradise (The Rio Times).

RIO

The five-star Hotel Santa Teresa was the target of a planned robbery in the early morning of Monday, July 18th, when four armed bandits scaled an exterior wall and systematically ransacked rooms and held hotel guests at gunpoint. Security cameras captured video of the men invading the hotel at approximately 3:20AM, wearing hoods to conceal their identity (The Rio Times).

Militia groups have gained power and become prominent in headlines over the last few years, and now recent reports indicate they are responsible for almost half of the homicides in Rio. Figures from the special Divisão de Homicídios (Homicide Division) show that 45 percent of the murders in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 were committed by militias, other violent deaths were the result of violence by drug traffickers, street fights, crimes of passion and the ‘occasional’ murders (The Rio Times).

Copacabana, perhaps the most famous of all of Rio’s beach-side neighborhoods, needs little introduction, but since its hey-day in the 1930s the glamor has been gradually giving way to a grittier reality, and the glitterati have moved on down the beach to Ipanema. However, the neighborhood is undergoing a quiet metamorphosis in anticipation of the Olympic Games in 2016 that is slowly putting the shine back (The Rio Times).

For those seeking a traditional neighborhood in Rio with similar comforts and amenities of Zona Sul (South Zone), Tijuca is an obvious choice. Often referred to as the ‘Zona Sul of Zona Norte,’ Tijuca offers easy access to all parts of the city, and located in a large valley surrounded by the rainforest clad mountains of Tijuca National Park, the largest urban jungle in the world, it also enjoys natural air conditioning (The Rio Times).

SAO PAULO

São Paulo is remaking itself as a city of the architectural-landmark hotel. The luxury accommodation scene is defined by beautifully designed, chic hotels like the Fasano and Unique. Although top-end tourists and business travellers will have no problem finding great stylish rooms, those with more modest means will have to search harder for decent, wallet-friendly sleeping quarters. Check out Time Out.

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