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In Brazil on February 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the 163 metres tall Matarazzo tower for Sao Paulo, to be built on one the last availiable plots on Avenida Paulista (Skyscrapercity).

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DESIGN

Five architecture firms are shaping the look of the country of the future. Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal.

FIFA WORLD CUP

Brazil football chief Ricardo Teixeira will step down as president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) after 23 years in charge. The controversial FIFA executive, who is also in charge of Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup, is embroiled in corruption allegations (Daily Mail).

TRAVEL

There’s a lot to see in a country with 4,600 miles of coastline and nearly half the landmass of South America. But whether you’re into art, urbanity or the outdoors, you’ll find something to love in this destination trifecta. Three tips from the Wall Street Journal.

AMAZON

Amazon defenders face death or exile. Brazilian activists who inform on illegal loggers laying waste to the rainforests can expect a visit from the gunmen (The Guardian).

BAHIA

Current and former police officers may have committed up to 30 murders during the recently ended police strike in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, law enforcement officials there said (Boston.com).

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RIO

Two weeks of police protests in Brazil that led to a bloody crime wave, disrupted preparations for upcoming carnival celebrations, and raised concerns about security ahead of the 2014 soccer World Cup ended when thousands of state police in Rio de Janeiro went back to work (Reuters).

Between 2010 and 2020 Rio de Janeiro will need to invest some R$15.8 billion (US$9.15 billion) in both public investment and private funding to modernize and expand its transport network, develop favelas and underground gas supply lines. That is the conclusion of a host of experts interviewed by O Globo newspaper after a series of incidents highlighted the city’s struggling infrastructure (The Rio Times).

With 2012 Carnival just days away, Rio is awash with tourists, arriving to experience what is widely deemed the greatest street party on earth. The city is full of adventuring travelers skimming their guidebooks and scratching their heads, but among the ubiquitous sound of English, French and German, is the increasing patter of Brazilian Portuguese (The Rio Times).

The Cidade Maravilhosa offers some of the best options in luxury living for those with the means, among them the sweeping penthouse views of the city. This Carnival, more jet-setters are seeking the best Rio has to offer and instead of settling for hotel accommodations, are looking to local agencies to provide them with the best penthouses in the most up-market areas in town (The Rio Times).

There are many ways to enjoy the infamous Carnival blocos of Rio, and experienced revelers have been kind enough to offer inside tips for the rookies, experiencing Carnival in the in Cidade Maravilhosa for the first time. From drinking to going to pre-parties, the veterans agree that vitality and comfort are two of the most important ingredients for an enjoyable bloco (The Rio Times).

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SOUTH

If you are looking for a way to dodge the chaos of Carnival in Rio, then Florianópolis, capital of Santa Catarina state, might just provide the escapism you need. The stunning, 33-mile-long (53km) island on which the city sits – the Ilha de Santa Catarina – offers over hundred beaches, culture, good food and nearly 300 years of history, the gem in Southern Brazil’s crown (The Rio Times).

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