Centro Architecture

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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. 

Arranco do Engenho de Dentro

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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 […]

Bruno Tenório

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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 […]

Roberta La Rovere

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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 […]

Vera Tangari

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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.

Portela – Alexandre Louzada

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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 […]