Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião.Tower outside of the Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião.Petrobras headquarters in central Rio designed by Roberto Luís Gandolfi in 1972.
Alex, Lourdes and Fernando took us to visit some of the poorer Samba Schools who now occupy the old hangars of the schools that have since moved to Cidade do Samba. Currently, Alex is the Carnavalesco, of Arranco do Engenho de Dentro, a 3rd class samba school. Arranco do Engenho de Dentro is now in the […]
Meeting Alex de Oliveira Silva, the carnavalesco, was an absolute goldmine. Alex was a Rei Momo, the King of Carnaval, which is a huge honor that he held for an extraordinary ten years. If meeting someone with his knowledge and experience wasn’t enough, it also turns out that he is an architect! It’s incredible how […]
Lourdes is the Director at Escola de Design at Universidade Veiga de Almeida. With an architect background and an engineer husband, she really was able to enlighten us on so many facets and details about how carnival works. Especially having been a judge a number of times, we were able to get a real inside understanding […]
Our meeting with Bruno was incredibly informative at an unexpectedly different level. The model that Unidos da Tijuca has created is wildly different than any of the other schools. This meeting opened my eyes to a much greater understanding of the economics behind Carnaval. I hope to continue a relationship with Tijuca as they represent […]
Cafeina in Ipanema is the spot. Roberta is a freelance journalist who shared some really interesting thoughts about parallel structures of power between the government and the communities within Rio. She talked a lot about her interests in information and technology and the affects of these on the communities. It was really informative to hear her […]
Thank you to André Bonatti, the director of Escola da Leopoldinense, who invited us to see a community gathering in the tented area at Cidade do Samba. It was incredible to see such enthusiasm and collective spirit. Photos by Aron Nussbaum
Vera Tangari is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. We cannot thank her enough for her ongoing support of this project. Among the many projects Vera engages in, Vera is currently working on a very massive research project looking at “open spaces” and their effects on the urban environment.
We were introduced to Alexandre Louzada, the creative director at Portela. Alexandre has worked creatively with Samba Schools since approximately 1985. He showed us all of the amazing costumes he has been working on with at least one other draftsman by his side. He also designed the floats for Portela, but again, no matter how many different […]