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In Brazil on June 1, 2012 at 9:31 am


Render of the Ponta do Sahy residential project for Mangaratiba, on the Rio to Santos highway in Rio de Janeiro state (Skyscrapercity).


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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.


A neorealist ghost story, a documentary fable, a postcard from a vanishing world, Julia Murat’s “Found Memories” takes place in Jotuomba, a tiny, fictitious rural village in northern Brazil. To call Jotuomba a place that time forgot would be less a cliché than an accurate description, since the aging, dwindling population — a quarrelsome pair of shopkeepers, a haggard priest, an assortment of idle agricultural workers and dedicated drinkers — seems to exist beyond the reach of modernity (The New York Times).


Brazil’s art scene is booming, with international aficionados snapping up the latest creations and fresh talent rising, a reflection of the South American giant’s growing economy. “We have seen an incredible increase in the number of sales, buyers and collectors,” Eliana Finkelstein, president of ABACT, the country’s contemporary art association, told AFP.


Greenpeace unblocked the Brazilian port of Sao Luis after eight hours of protest against an amnesty for illegal loggers in the Amazon jungle (Bloomberg).

Groups of indigenous people in Brazil blocked roads and occupied government buildings to demand better healthcare for their communities. Several ethnic groups staged a protest at the Health Ministry building in the capital, Brasilia, asking for a meeting with a senior official (BBC).

An industrial dump in the Amazon that received toxic waste of multinational and other major companies between 1999 and 2003 is causing environmental and health damage in the interior of Pará state. The waste is stored in barrels spread over 900 hectares in the forest, with some deforested areas, in Ulianópolis (390 kilometers from Belém) (Folha).


On May 16th a new Unidade de Ordem Pública (UOP, Public Order Unit) began the patrolling of Catete, Flamengo and Gloria, as part of Rio’s Operação Choque de Ordem (Operation Shock and Order). The aim is to combat disorganization in the city, targeting unauthorized street vending, illegal parking, the occupation of sidewalks (i.e. tables and chairs) among other illegalities (The Rio Times).

Dining out in Rio can be a real treat with a variety of up-market eateries, and the arrival of the sixth edition of Rio’s Restaurant Week may be just the reason to get out and try somewhere new. The popular Restaurant Week, which originated in New York, is celebrated in one hundred cities throughout the world and lasts until June 3rd (The Rio Times).

Brazil’s chief of staff Gleisi Hoffmann said there are no plans to partially suspend operations at Galeao airport in Rio de Janeiro during the Rio+20 conference (Bloomberg).

Read Foxnews‘  reporter’s quest for a Rio appartment.


A bumper crop of Brits is heading this way between May and June 2012: artist Antony Gormley, Franz Ferdinand and many other acts at the Cultura Inglesa Festival, and British electronica comes to the fore at Sónar (Time Out).



Thanks to the city’s visionary urban planning, Curitiba boasts an urban environment that dwarves that of many big cities in developed countries. The Brazilian city’s urban planning has been listed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as one of the exemplary cases of green economy in developing countries (Xinhua).

Between the cities of Bento Goncalves and Garibaldi, the Valley of the Vineyards is one of the locations in the serra gaúcha that brings together more gastronomic possibilities: 29 wineries share space with restaurants (mostly Italian cuisine), and factories for cheese, salami and crackers (Folha).



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