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For The Second Time In Two Years, Fire Shatters A Brazilian Museum

“In September 2018, a devastating fire ravaged Brazil’s National Museum [in Rio de Janeiro]. Now, yet another Brazilian cultural institution — the Federal University of Minas Gerais’ Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden (MHNJB) in Belo Horizonte — has fallen victim to an inferno.” This is, in fact, the sixth museum fire in the country in the past decade. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Visual, Belo Horizonte, 07.06.20, Botanical Garden MHNJB


Bolsonaro Names A Soap Opera Star (The Second In A Row) Brazil’s Culture Secretary

“Mário Frias … is the fifth person to hold the role in the 17 months since president Jair Bolsonaro was elected and, like most of his predecessors, Frias has no political experience. … Last month, [Frias] participated in an anti-fascist protest in São Paulo and said that demonstrators were taking part in ‘organised crimes’ and should be considered terrorists.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Brazil, Issues, Sao Paulo, Jair Bolsonaro, Frias, 06.26.20, Mário Frias


An Immaculate Copy of Leonardo’s The Last Supper Digitized by Google: View It in High Resolution Online

Romantic poets told us that great art is eternal and transcendent. They also told us everything made by human hands is bound to end in ruin and decay. Both themes were inspired by the rediscovery and renewed fascination for the arts of antiquity in Europe and Egypt. It was a time of renewed appreciation for monumental works of art, which happened to coincide with a period when they came under considerable threat from looters, vandals, and invading armies. One work of art that appeared on the it...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, England, Milan, College, Egypt, Royal Academy of Arts, Brazil, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, National Museum, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci


Google News Starts Program ‘To Pay Publishers For High-Quality Content’

“The U.S. internet giant has for years tried to fend off demands for payment from news publishers worldwide in return for using their content, with European media groups among their fiercest critics. … The new product” — which is launching with news publishers from Germany, Australia and Brazil and will subsequently add more — “will be available on Google News and Discover. [An exec] said Google would also offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site w...
Tags: Google, Art, Brazil, Words, Google News, Germany Australia, 06.25.20, Google News Starts Program


Brazil’s First Indigenous Curator: ‘We’re Not Afraid Anymore’

Sandra Benites, of the Guaraní Ñandeva people, is using art to bring new visions and voices to the museum world.
Tags: Art, News, Museums, Brazil, Indigenous People, Sandra, Benites, Javari Valley (Brazil, Sao Paulo (Brazil, Guarani Nandeva, Museum of Art of Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, Sandra Benites


When The Telenovelas Ground To A Halt

The writers scrambled to end the last episode on a cliffhangar from footage they’d already shot. This is a first: “Neither military dictatorship nor the Rio Olympics halted production of Brazil’s famous novelas, which are broadcast six days a week for single seasons of around 150 episodes apiece.” – The Economist
Tags: Art, Media, Brazil, 04.18.20


Capturing a World of Emptiness

How a team of photographers documented the quiet desolation of cities during the pandemic.
Tags: Art, Twitter, Photography, News, Germany, Masks, Social Media, Colombia, New York Times, New Jersey, Epidemics, Brazil, South America, Ny, Politics And Government, London (England


Nelson Leirner, One Of Brazil’s Most Influential Artists, Dead At 88

“Pop culture imagery and canonical works from art history were frequent subjects of Leirner’s painting and collages; think Velázquez’s court ladies swarmed by flies or a football stadium packed with Incredible Hulk cartoons and Power Rangers. Little in the zeitgeist was safe from Leirner’s ironic translation, which was rendered with a keen attention to composition and color.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, People, Brazil, Velázquez, Leirner, 03.10.20, Nelson Leirner, Power Rangers Little


Recycled shipping container cafe utilizes passive cooling in India

Southeast of New Delhi, in Greater Noida City, Rahul Jain Design Lab (RJDL) has transformed recycled shipping containers into a dynamic new cafe and gathering space for ITS Dental College. Named Cafe Infinity after its infinity loop shape, the building was created as an example of architecture that can be both economical and eco-friendly. The architects’ focus on sustainability has also informed the shape and positioning of the cafe for natural cooling. Cafe Infinity serves as a recreational sp...
Tags: Design, India, Brazil, New Delhi, Rahul Jain, ITS Dental College, Cafe Infinity, Greater Noida City Rahul Jain Design Lab RJDL, ITS Dental College Named Cafe Infinity


Shipping container retreat in Brazil is inspired by tiny homes

Airbnb now has another incredible tiny home retreat to add to its unique lodgings on offer. Located on a stunning prairie landscape in Brazil’s Cambará do Sul area, the Cambará Container House is comprised of two 20-foot shipping container units that have been carefully crafted by local firm Mégui Dal Bó Arquiteta into cozy accommodations. The design was inspired by the minimalism and reduced waste ethos behind the tiny home movement. Working with owner Carina Boff, architects Saymon Tech Dali ...
Tags: Design, Brazil, Cambará Container House, Mégui Dal Bó Arquiteta, Carina Boff, Saymon Tech, Dali Alba, Mégui Pezzi Dal Bó, Arquiteta Cambará Container House, Guilherme Jordani, Mégui


Brazilian home uses solar energy for 100% self-sufficiency

Brazilian firm 24 7 Arquitetura has set a stunning modern home into a challenging mountainous landscape in Brazil’s Nova Lima region. In addition to the home’s contemporary aesthetic, which is comprised of several exposed concrete blocks, the residence is completely self-sustaining thanks to its massive rooftop solar array that generates all the power the home needs. Located north of Rio de Janeiro, Nova Lima is a mountainous region known for its mining sector. The area is marked by rugged low ...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Brazil, Arquitetura, Nova Lima, Rio de Janeiro Nova Lima, Arquitetura Via Archdaily Photography


Tiny prefab cabins in Brazilian forest assembled in under two days

Brazilian architecture firm Porto Quadrado has revealed a serene refuge composed of three prefab cabins tucked into the wilderness of Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul. The Alpes São Chico Housing Complex is comprised of three tiny cabins, all made out of structural insulated panels (SIP), which were assembled on-site in less than two days. The result is a low impact refuge that lets its homeowners reconnect with nature. According to the architects, they were first approached by a family who was looki...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, New Zealand, Brazil, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Minimalist Design, Cabin Design, Prefab Architecture, Rio Grande, Off Grid Cabins, Post-format-gallery, Tiny Cabin Design, Prefab Cabins, Prefab Design


This modular, shipping container home was completed in 2 months

Completed in March 2019, this modular home in the East Hampton town of Amagansett, Long Island encompasses a kitchen, four bedrooms and three bathrooms within 1,800 square feet of living space. Four repurposed 40-by-8 -foot shipping containers were used to construct the main part of the structure, two placed side-by-side and two more stacked on top. The inside was then carved out to create a larger interior space. The whole building was installed in two days and fully completed in two months. N...
Tags: New York, Design, Brazil, EAST HAMPTON, Matthew Carbone, Amagansett Long Island


How Bolsonaro Is Waging His Culture War On Brazil’s Arts Sector

“The president’s vow to rid cultural and educational institutions of ‘leftist’ values is changing the game at the institutions charged with fostering cultural production.” Here’s a rundown of the changes Bolsonaro has made so far. – Americas Quarterly
Tags: Art, Brazil, Issues, Bolsonaro, 01.27.20


Should Architects Work For Tyrants?

The answer seems obvious, and it seems like it must be no. And yet, says a (supposedly) liberal and progressive architect who recently agreed to work with the homophobic and environmentally horrifying Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, “If there’s a responsibility that comes from the creative platform we’ve created, it is to use that platform to change the world for the better.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Brazil, Issues, Jair Bolsonaro, 01.27.20


Brazil’s Culture Secretary Fired After Quoting Goebbels In Video Speech

“A few minutes into the speech, secretary of culture Roberto Alvim said, ‘The Brazilian art of the next decade will be heroic and it will be national, it’ll be endowed with great capacity for emotional involvement and deeply committed to the urgent aspirations of our people, or it will be nothing.’ The line is a slightly modified version of a Goebbels quote … [and] the video also featured music from Lohengrin, Adolf Hitler’s favorite Wagner opera.” The subsequent outcry was huge, and Alvin was ...
Tags: Art, Brazil, Alvin, Adolf Hitler, Issues, Wagner, 01.17.20, Roberto Alvim


Brazil’s Top Culture Official Fired Over Speech Evoking Nazi Propaganda

The speech by President Jair Bolsonaro’s culture secretary was the latest flash point in a debate over art and freedom of expression under the conservative government.
Tags: Art, News, Brazil, Goebbels, Joseph, Politics And Government, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Jair (1955-


Passive solar community in Brazil combines social justice and sustainability

To empower a marginalized community in Brazil’s Maranhão state, São Paulo-based architecture firm Estudio Flume has completed Castanha de Caju, a new headquarters for a women’s agricultural cooperative that doubles as a welcoming community hub. Constructed on a limited budget and a tight timeline, the inspiring project included the refurbishment and extension of a small house as well as the inclusion of traditional construction techniques and materials to reduce costs. Low-cost passive thermal c...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Social Justice, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Humanitarian Design, Natural Ventilation, Permaculture, Rainwater Harvesting, Bom Jesus, Pará, Cross-ventilation, Maranhao, Agricultural


One Day After Judge Banned Gay Jesus Satire, Brazil’s Chief Justice OKs It

In overruling the lower court’s injunction barring Netflix from continuing to stream The First Temptation of Christ, Supreme Federal Court President José Antonio Dias Toffoli said, “One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than two thousand years.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Brazil, José Antonio Dias Toffoli, 01.10.20, First Temptation of Christ Supreme Federal Court


In Brazil, Artists And Musicians Are Leading The Resistance To Bolsonaro

“‘We can’t become anaesthetised and think, ‘Oh, he won [the election]. There’s nothing we can do,” said [Edu] Krieger, who has written songs for some of Brazil’s most celebrated female voices. ‘At least through our music we can pester them a bit and make some noise. This is the most efficient kind of resistance we can mount right now … We can’t just passively accept the kind of situation they are trying to impose.'” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Brazil, Issues, Krieger, 12.28.19


Reflections on year-end, decade-end

Reflections on year-end, decade-end abduzeedoJan 02, 2020 This article was originally sent last Tuesday, December 31st to our newsletter subscribers. If you want to read exclusive posts before they come live to the blog make sure to subscribe to the Abduzeedo Newsletter We are about to wrap up yet another decade, the 2010s are coming to a close. If we stop to think about that and its meaning we end up facing simple facts like one, time flies and two, we actu...
Tags: Google, Design, US, San Francisco, Brazil, Bay Area, Zee


Biggest environmental news stories of the decade

As we begin a new decade, we’re taking a look over the biggest environmental news stories since 2010. There’s a little good news, and a lot of not-so-good news. Still, we can look back and learn from what is happening in the hopes of taking action and restoring a brighter future for our planet. Climate change moves into the mainstream, and more kids get involved While a few climate deniers still fill high-ranking political posts, climate change is much more widely accepted as fact — rather t...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Design, China, Taiwan, Liverpool, United Nations, Brazil, Time Magazine, Louisiana, Madagascar, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Kiribati, Bolivia, Puerto Rico


3D-printed concrete forest pavilion proposed for Dubais Expo 2020

United Arab Emirates-based design practice MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) has proposed a sculptural 3D-printed pavilion for a prominent traffic roundabout to welcome visitors to the upcoming 2020 Expo in Dubai. Designed as a “spatial forest,” the interactive installation comprises a series of palm tree-like concrete elements and branching LEDs. The “Expo 2020 Landmark” proposal is also powered with solar energy and can be programmed to light up at night with a variety of lighting modes...
Tags: Design, Architecture, 3d Printing, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Brazil, LEDs, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Uae, 3d-printed Architecture, World Expo, MEAN, Expo 2020, 3D printed, World Expo 2020


Christianist Extremists In Brazil Firebomb Satirical Troupe That Made Holiday Special With Gay Jesus

A previously unknown groups calling itself the “Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command of the Large Brazilian Integralist Family” has claimed credit for a Christmas Eve incident in which Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Rio de Janeiro offices of Porta dos Fundos, the comedy group that created The First Temptation of Christ, which depicts a stoner Mary and put-upon Joseph throwing a 30th-birthday party for Jesus as he returns from his 40 days in the desert with a “close friend” named Orlando...
Tags: Art, Media, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Porta, Gay Jesus, 12.26.19, Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command


This container home in Brazil helps its residents disconnect

The 2,766-square-foot Hanging House was designed by the architects of Casa Container Marília in the rural area of ​​Campos Novos Paulista, Brazil. About 80 percent of the materials used in construction were recycled, including the primary maritime shipping containers that make up a majority of the structure. The home also lacks two major modern amenities — televisions and Wi-Fi — to encourage a digital detox. The Hanging House sits elevated from the ground, so the windows are level with the nat...
Tags: Design, Brazil, Hanging House, Casa Container Marília, Campos Novos Paulista Brazil About, Casa Container Marília Images


Satirical Christmas Special Showing Jesus With A Boyfriend Sparks Backlash In Brazil

The satirical group Porta dos Fundos (“Back Door”) has made irreverent holiday satires about Jesus Christ before (2018’s was The Last Hangover), but this year’s Netflix special, The First Temptation of Christ, shows a pot-smoking Mary with a very visible (and lustful) God for a boyfriend and a haplessly jealous Joseph. But what’s angered the nearly 2 million people who’ve signed a petition is that Jesus comes home from 40 days in the desert with a new “close friend,” Orlando. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Brazil, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Mary, Joseph, First Temptation Of Christ, 12.16.19, Porta dos Fundos Back Door


Earth-friendly holiday gift ideas for your entire family

Wondering what to give every family member on your list — parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins? Here are this year’s green gift recommendations from Inhabitat to help you decide which eco-conscious presents to give this holiday season. Zero-waste makeup Beauty and personal care products are wonderful ideas for gift-giving. Even better are the ones that are ethical, zero-waste and eco-friendly. Some suggested brands are Antonym Costmetics, Axiology, Besame, Elate Beauty,...
Tags: Design, Earth, House, Brazil, Annie, Marley, Inhabitat, Wilby, Eddie Bauer, Royal Horticultural Society, Mova, Craft Kits, Bearaby, Ilia Kjaer Weis, Tata Harper Vegan, Sheltered Company


Striking, sinuous home outside of So Paulo is inspired by the shape of native pine trees

Rio de Janeiro-based Mareines Arquitetura has unveiled a striking home tucked into the mountainous region near São Paulo. The Pinhão House boasts a unique, elliptical volume with various levels and a leaf-shaped roof that juts out over a covered swimming pool, which is also integrated into the home’s curved shape. Located in Campos do Jordão, the Pinhão House is a gorgeous design with a curvaceous volume surrounded by nature, and it was also built by local craftsmen using locally sourced, natur...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Campos, Wooden Homes, Nature Inspired Design, Post-format-gallery, Glass Homes, Natural Materials, Leonardo Finotti, Pinhão House, Sao Paulo Homes, Mareines Arquitetura, São Paulo The Pinhão House


Sci-Fi Vehicles by Zenildo Almeida

Sci-Fi Vehicles by Zenildo Almeida AoiroStudioNov 26, 2019 Just to keep the momentum with Tesla's Cybertruck, I decided to share a series of futuristic car designs by Zenildo Almeida simply titled: Sci-Fi Vehicles. Hint* None of the cars have 'tires', they are mostly 'hovering' above the ground. I just love how the background is set into a post-apocalytic world in the desert. There is definitely a Mad Max vibe in the atmosphere. Digital Art By Zenildo A...
Tags: Design, Tesla, Brazil, Behance, Zenildo Almeida, Zenildo Almeida AoiroStudioNov, Zenildo Almeida About Zenildo Almeida Zenildo


New architecture learning center in London is built with bamboo and recycled yogurt pots

Architecture lovers have a new place to convene in London thanks to the recent completion of the Clore Learning Center at the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) headquarters. Designed by local architectural practice Hayhurst & Co, the new public destination offers a variety of interactive learning displays about architecture for all audiences, from children and families to life-long learners. In addition to its creative educational program, the space is also a beacon for sustainable de...
Tags: Design, London, Brazil, Children Village, Kilian O Sullivan, Clore Learning Center, RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects, Hayhurst Co, Myers Max Fordham, Jack Wates, Hayhurst and Co, Grey Wornum, Hayhurst Co Photography



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