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In Brazil on April 13, 2012 at 10:20 am


Render of the Museum of Tomorrow, designed by Santiago Calatrava, currently under construction in the centre of Rio de Janeiro.


No doubt the biggest and most important business centres of Brazil are the megacities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and do not forget most other state capitals like Belo Horizonte, Salvador da Bahia, Recife, Fortaleza, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.  But Brazil is big and there are plenty of other fast developing cities, not being state capitals. So for a minute forget Sao Paulo, Rio and those other 2014 World Cup host cities and check out Brazil Weekly’s Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities.


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Brazil Senate won’t consider controversial World Cup bill unless Blatter shows up. FIFA President Sepp Blatter is trying to schedule a trip to Brazil to speak at a public hearing about a controversial World Cup bill FIFA wants approved as soon as possible (MercoPress).



Manaus has grown in the ensuing decades. The population is now about 1.8 million, almost doubling in size since 1990. With Brazil’s healthy economy, the city is booming once again. Many major multi-national technology manufacturers, like LG, Samsung and Philips, have a presence here and their business is swelling the population further. The increase in workers in the city led to the decision to build a bridge over the Amazon to open up the south bank of the river to development (BBC).


The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the state of Espirito Santo, the municipality of Presidente Kennedy and project developer Terminal Presidente Kennedy (TPK) signed an agreement in Vitória, Brazil for the development of Porto Central, a new port in Brazil. The so-called ‘greenfield port’ still has to be built and will be located in the extreme south of Espirito Santo state, to the north of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It will be an industrial port on deep sea water for handling oil, gas, offshore services, dry bulk and general cargo (Port of Rotterdam).


Government and police officials are developing new anti-corruption measures, spurred in part by recent events in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone). A UPP (Police Pacification Unit) is slated to be installed in Rocinha this year, but in addition to the increase in crime since pacification began, police in the favela are now under investigation for corruption (The Rio Times).

Residents of Rio’s outer neighborhoods are set to reap the benefits from major new transportation links scheduled to be completed in time for the 2016 Olympic Games. Many areas will see vast improvements now that the city has secured R$1.63 billion (US$1 billion) to finance the construction of the BRT Transbrasil bus line and the Central LTR (Light Rail Transit) system (The Rio Times).

The city of Rio offers some of the best shopping there is, and the options are only increasing with the growth of the ultra-wealthy luxury market, as well the middle class. With the broadening consumer’s taste, shopping “vintage” is also a growing niche, and as usual the Cidade Maravilhosa has many hidden gems for those in the know (The Rio Times).

The Botanical Garden, in the city’s south side, is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a quiet walk along alleys and avenues filled with thousands of different species of Brazilian trees, plants and flowers, some of them virtually extinct (Rio Official Guide).

Rio de Janeiro motel owner Secundino Lema is gearing up for a different kind of guest in June when thousands of visitors will be in his city to discuss the future of the planet. The erotic chairs that usually grace the rooms in his three establishments, Hawaii, Skorpios and Serramar are going. But the mirrors on the ceiling and jacuzzis are staying. Mr Lema, along with other owners of Rio’s 320 “love hotels”, is stepping in to help the authorities fill a huge need in the Brazilian city – the chronic lack of accommodation (BBC).



The 5th International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam (IABR) will kick off on April 19th, with – as always – strong participation from Sao Paulo. The exhibition ‘Fazendo Cidade em São Paulo’ shows the results of IABR Atelier São Paulo. This atelier developed a Map of Opportunitiesfor both the entire city and the territory of study, Cabuçu de Cima. The map indicates existing potentialities and how these may trigger a process of negotiations of possible forms of development and use of this territory. From 19.06.12 – 12.08.12 in MCB – Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo (IABR).


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