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In Brazil on August 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Impacto Empresarial business tower for Vitoria, Espirito Santo state (Skyscrapercity).

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CULTURE

As Brazil celebrates the centenary of his birth, Amado is remembered as one of the country’s most important, and best-loved writers, famous not only at home but internationally. His vivid portrayal of his fellow countrymen and women struck a chord, and he created characters who captured the popular imagination. Translated into 49 languages and published in 55 countries, his books reflect Brazil’s culture, inequalities and contradictions (BBC).

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FIFA WORLD CUP 2014

Brazil has begun approximately 60.7% of the 12bn reais (US$5.89bn) in urban transportation projects planned as part of preparations to host the 2014 World Cup. Investments totaling 7.28bn reais are underway, according to the federal government’s latest World Cup progress report (BN Americas).

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Hotels profitability rose to a record in Brazil last year as rates jumped 17 percent, underscoring the need for tourism infrastructure investment amid growing inflow of visitors, a report by Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.’s hotel consultancy unit and Brazil’s Hotel Operators Forum show (Bloomberg).

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AMAZON

A federal judge in Brazil has ordered iron-ore giant Vale to suspend work on part of a $4.1 billion logistics plan which is considered crucial to the company’s goal to increase output at its main production site. Work on doubling the Carajas railway, which connects the company’s single largest iron-ore mine to the Ponta de Madeira seaport in the state of Maranhao, was halted after local human rights groups pointed to procedural shortcomings in the environmental licensing process (Reuters).

It was the job of Ibama, Brazil’s widely respected federal environmental agency, to police the Amazon as best it could. But last year, President Dilma Rousseff authorized a change that ceded much responsibility for environmental oversight to local officials. Of 168 Ibama field offices operating a few years ago, 91 have been shuttered (Reuters).

MATO GROSSO

A federal court has banned the construction of a planned light-rail system in Cuiaba, a World Cup host city in Brazil. The federal prosecutor’s office in Mato Grosso state said on its website that investigators found “irregularities in the choice of the system and in the viability of the project” (Washington Post).

The city of Cuiabá in the Midwestern state of Mato Grosso had been engaged in a years-long tug-of-war over whether it should accommodate the crowds with a bus rapid transit system or a light rail system (Atlantic Cities).

RIO

With residents of several favela communities in Rio de Janeiro facing resettlement and others having already been removed from their homes to make way for 2016 Olympic infrastructure development, the longstanding community of Vila Autódromo is pushing back with their Plano Popular da Vila Autódromo (The Rio Times).

Starbucks first opened their doors for business in Brazil back in December 2006 starting off in São Paulo and since expanding to several cities across the country. The latest venture has been in Rio de Janeiro, with the arrival of Starbucks in Ipanema on Rua Visconde de Piraja (The Rio Times).

Construction is underway on Ponte Estaiada do Fundão, a Cable-Styled bridge that will span 400m across Guanabara Bay between Ilha do Fundão and Ilha do Governador in Zona Norte (North Zone). Leaving the existing access for passenger cars, the new bridge will be exclusively for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses as part of the Transcarioca corridor (The Rio Times).

Part of what makes Rio de Janeiro such a beautiful city is its exquisite location between the mountains and the ocean, but while the beach fronts have been widely explored, the same is not true for the views from the hills. Alto Leblon is an exception to the rule, a neighborhood lodged on the side of the mountain Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers’ Hill), Alto Leblon combines nature, views and the perks of Leblon (The Rio Times).

SAO PAULO

Europe’s largest hotel group, Accor, and Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht have partnered to build three hotels in Sao Paulo state, eyeing growth in South America’s biggest city and Brazil’s burgeoning oil industry. The partnership will open one hotel in the city of Sao Paulo and two in coastal Santos, a hub for Brazil’s offshore oil boom, in 2015 and early 2016 (Reuters).

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