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Wonderful City, World Heritage Site as Urban Cultural Landscape and most famous destination in Brazil. In 2020 Rio de Janeiro stands one more title: the first World Capital of Architecture. The nomination was granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects (UIA) to the host city of the 27th World Congress of Architects, to be held in July 2020 on the theme "All worlds. One World. Architecture 21".

Unique in the art of harmonizing nature and architecture, Rio brings along in its waterfront, its parks and its avenues, examples of five centuries of styles, represented by more than ten thousand conserved properties and about two thousand listed. Its population of almost seven million inhabitants use to daily live with urban landmarks that will now be shared with the whole world.

After hosting important international events in recent years, Rio takes the leading role in architecture. This title is more than a recognition of the city's architectural, historical and cultural past. It is also an opportunity to think about the future. A chance to celebrate Rio yesterday and today and also to define what you want for cities around the world.
The 2020 program will include tourist, cultural, educational and scientific events throughout the city, involving not only citizens but also visitors. The City of Rio de Janeiro and the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), which work in partnership with the Rio 2020 World Capital Architecture Organizing Committee, are responsible for the calendar and host civil society initiatives through this form.

 

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  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Imperial Palace

    XV de Novembro Square 48 - Centro

    1743 Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim, Reform

    1985 Glauco Campello, Renovation and adaptation of use

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.amigosdopacoimperial.org.br/ 1 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    São Bento Church and Monastery

    Dom Gerardo Street 40 - Centro

    1617 Francisco de Frias da Mesquita

    1670 Frei Bernardo de São Bento Corrêa de Souza, project

    1633, 1670-1690 Building;

    Séc. XVIII, Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim [Claustro]

    18th, 19th, 20th and 21th Centuries – Reforms and Renovations

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/mosteiro-de-sao-bento/ 2 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Teles Arch

    Quinze de Novembro Square 32/34 - Centro

    Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim, project

    Middle of 18th Century - Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 3 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Saint Anthony Church and Convent

    Carioca Square, no number - Centro

    Francisco dos Santos, Vicente Salvador, Estevão dos Anjos and Antônio de Calvário (Friars), project

    1608-1620 building

    1920-1926 and 2007-2014 main reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 4 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Church of Our Lady of Glory of Outeiro

    Nossa Senhora da Glória Square 135 - Glória

    José Cardoso Ramalho, project

    1714-1739 Building

    1735-1740 Tiles

    18, 19 nd 20th Centuries - Reforms and renovations

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 5 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    National Historical Museum

    Marechal Âncora Square no number - Centro

    1920 Archimedes Memória and Francisque Cuchet, Project

    1920 – 1922 Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://mhn.museus.gov.br/ 6 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    National Library Foundation

    Rio Branco Av. 219/239 - Centro

    Hector Pepin, project

    1905-1910 Francisco Marcelino de Souza Aguiar, building

    1990-1996 and 2014-2015 reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://www.bn.gov.br/ 7 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Municipal Theater

    Floriano Square no number - Centro

    1904 Albert Guilbert and Francisco de Oliveira Passos, project

    1905 - 1909 Building

    1934 Reforms

    2008 Renovation

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br/ 8 2
  • Copacabana Palace Hotel

    Atlântica Av. 1702 - Copacabana

    1917 Joseph Gire, project

    1919-1923 building

    1991-1995 and 2005 Reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/onde_ficar/copacabana-palace/ 9 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Central Station (Central do Brasil)

    Cristiano Otoni Square no number - Centro

    1936-1937 Roberto Magno de Carvalho and Escritório Robert Prentice (Geza Heller and Adalberto Szilard), project

    1937-1943 Building

    2012 reform

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 10 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    Gustavo Capanema Palace

    Imprensa Street 16 - Centro

    1936 - 1937 Lucio Costa, Carlos Leão, Jorge Machado Moreira, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy and Ernani Vasconcelos, Project

    Le Corbusier, advisor

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping

    1937-1944 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/palacio-gustavo-capanema/ 11 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Moreira Salles Institute

    Marquês de São Vicente Street 476 - Gávea

    1948 Olavo Redig de Campos, project

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping and tile panel

    1951 building

    1995-1999 Luiza Dutra and Walter Menezes, renovation and adaptation of use

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://ims.com.br/unidade/rio-de-janeiro/ 12 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho|Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Pedregulho (Residential Complex Prefeito Mendes de Morais)

    Marechal Jardim St. 450 - São Cristóvão

    1946 Affonso Eduardo Reidy, project;

    Carmem Portinho, Sidney Santos, David Astracan, Francisco Lopes and Gabriel de Souza Aguiar; Francisco Bolonha and Roberto Burle Marx, contributors

    1947; 1950-1958 Department of Popular Housing of the Federal District, building

    2011;2013-2014 restoration Alfredo Britto, technical supervision

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 13 2
  • Photo: Marina Herriges | Riotur

    Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art (MAM)

    Infante Dom Henrique Av. 85 - Flamengo Park

    1953 Affonso Eduardo Reidy, project

    Carmem Portinho and Emílio Baumgart, contributors

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping

    1954-1958 and 1968 National Construction Company, construction (Block School and Museum, respectively)

    1982 Restoration after fire

    2005-2006 Theater building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://www.mam.rio/ 14 2
  • Photo: Fernando Maia | Riotur

    Maracanã | Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium

    Presidente Castelo Branco Av no number, Gate 2 - Maracanã

    1949 Raphael Galvão, Pedro Paulo Bastos, Antônio Dias Carneiro and Orlando Azevedo, project

    1949 - 1950 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/maracana/ 15 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Rio Museum of Art (MAR)

    Mauá Square 5 - Centro

    1912-1920 Building (Prince D. João Building)

    1929 Building (Old Bus Terminal Building)

    2010-2013 Bernardes+Jacobsen, MAR project

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://museudeartedorio.org.br/ 16 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Museum of Tomorrow

    Mauá Square 1 - Centro

    2010 Santiago Calatrava, project

    Ruy Rezende Arquitetura, development

    2012 - 2015 Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://museudoamanha.org.br/ 17 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    City of Arts Complex

    Américas Av. 5300 - Barra da Tijuca

    2002 Christian de Portzamparc, project | L.A. Rangel Arquitetos, development

    2004 - 2013 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.cidadedasartes.rio 18 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    Madureira Park

    Soares Caldeira St. 115 - Madureira

    2010-2015 Ruy Rezende Arquitetura, project

    Mauro Bonelli, advisor

    2010-2012 implementation 1st phase

    2014-2015 expansion 2nd phase

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/parque-madureira/ 19 2
  • Photo: Pedro Kirilos | Riotur

    Flamengo Park

    Infante Dom Henrique Av. - Flamengo

    1962 Flamengo Park Working Group - Lota de Macedo Soares, Project coordination Affonso Eduardo Reidy and Roberto Burle Marx, project

    Berta Leitchic, Luiz Emygdio de Mello Filho and Maria Augusta Costa Ribeiro, contributors

    1965 Richard Kelly, lighting

    1961 a 1965 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/atividades-no-aterro-do-flamengo/ 20 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    A Noite(The Night) Building

    Mauá Square 07 - Centro

    Joseph Gire and Elisário Cunha Bahiana, project

    Emilio Henrique Baumgart, structural calculation

    1927 - 1929 Gusmão, Dourado and Baldassini, building

    2012 beginning of reform and renovation

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 21 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Oswaldo Cruz Institute

    Brasil Av. 4365 - Manguinhos

    1905-1918 Luis de Moraes Júnior, project and building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 22 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Penha Church

    Largo da Penha 19 - Penha

    1728 building

    1870-1872 reform

    Begining of 20th century Luís de Moraes Júnior, refurbishment

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 23 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Roberto Burle Marx Site

    Roberto Burle Marx Road 2019 - Barra de Guaratiba

    1949 Roberto Burle Marx, intervention project

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/sitio-burle-marx/ 24 2
 
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Moacyr Luz, singer and songwriter

Moacyr Luz, singer and songwriter

Moacyr Luz's Rio de Janeiro is translated into poetry. Pedra do Sal, Conceição Hill, Aterro do Flamengo, the small shops of the city center. All of these spaces overflow with enchantment when they are described by the singer and songwriter. “When I made “Saudades da Guanabara” (1999 song), I understood the responsibility of being born in Rio. We have a beautiful heritage in our hands that always needs to be preserved and maintained,” he says.

A "task" that he does not give up. Moacyr has lived in 20 different neighborhoods of Rio: from Bangu to Copacabana, in Méier, Tijuca, Catete, Gloria, Santa Teresa... Today he lives in Flamengo and sees Aterro as his backyard. “I don't leave Rio for nothing. The maximum time I was absent was 20 days,” he says. For him, the bars of Rio are as important as the great sights of the city because they guard the soul of Rio. “I dream that the population will again occupy the streets of Rio with chairs and tables and enjoy the beauties of the city without fear,” says Moacyr.

1 – Aterro do Flamengo – “It is an area of unique integration of society, but I have a feeling that much of Rio de Janeiro does not know yet. It turned into the yard of my house, where I picnic, give interviews sitting under trees and meet friends.”

2 – Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and surroundings – “The view from the exit of Rebouças tunnel gives me the feeling that I got home. When we look and see that shining water mirror reflecting off the buildings, it's magical.”

3 – São Conrado overpass – “This is a wonderful spot of Rio de Janeiro. Cars passing in two directions, so close to the sea. That design of the stone. All of this create a stunning scenario.”

4 – Quinta da Boa Vista park – “That fresh lawn is wonderful. A meeting place that brings families together and offers a unique space.”

5 – Arco do Telles – “We have the feeling that Machado de Assis passes by every day. The corner of those streets offers a trip to old Rio, visiting shops such as headgear, cigar shop and a small and unique bookstore.”

  • 1 – Aterro do Flamengo – "It is an area of unique integration of society, but I have a feeling that much of Rio de Janeiro does not know yet. It turned into the yard of my house, where I picnic, give interviews sitting under trees and meet friends."

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  • 2 – Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and surroundings – "The view from the exit of Rebouças tunnel gives me the feeling that I got home. When we look and see that shining water mirror reflecting off the buildings, it's magical."

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  • 3 – São Conrado overpass – "This is a wonderful spot of Rio de Janeiro. Cars passing in two directions, so close to the sea. That design of the stone. All of this create a stunning scenario."

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  • 4 – Quinta da Boa Vista park – "That fresh lawn is wonderful. A meeting place that brings families together and offers a unique space."

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  • 5 – Arco do Telles – "We have the feeling that Machado de Assis passes by every day. The corner of those streets offers a trip to old Rio, visiting shops such as headgear, cigar shop and a small and unique bookstore."

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Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Junior, National President of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB)

Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Junior, National President of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB)

Born and grown in Salvador, Nivaldo Andrade discovered Rio de Janeiro while attending architecture school in Bahia in the early 1990s. He came to the city for a students' meeting and landed in Lapa at Fundição Progresso. Even before the revitalization process implemented in the region, that little corner of the Center enchanted the youth for its diversity, both cultural and architectural styles. "Until today, every time I come to Rio, I find a way to go through Lapa and celebrate life that exists in that traditional space," he says.

Passionate about the city, Nivaldo highlights that this is precisely one of the aspects that makes Rio de Janeiro unique: street life, rare in large Brazilian urban centers. A daily life, according to him, that is underlined by the architecture and urban projects that make up the scenario of Rio de Janeiro. "All the big names in this area have come here," he recalls. The biggest one, according to Nivaldo, is Oscar Niemeyer, who had the ability to use concrete as if it were liquid. "Rio's greatest beauty is its integration between the exuberant nature and what man has produced. And at Casa das Canoas (Niemeyer's work), this meeting is complete," says Nivaldo.

1 – Capanema Palace – "A very special place for Rio de Janeiro and a reference of modern architecture to the world."

2 –Moreira Salles Institute (Gávea) – "An institution that unites exceptional architecture and the magnificent gardens designed by Burle Marx with very high level photography exhibitions. All for free"

3 – Lapa and its surroundings – "A unique region that offers enormous cultural richness and examples of various moments of Brazilian architecture, from colonial to modern."

4 – Museum of Modern Art (MAM) – "One of the most important museums in Brazil. Not only for its collection but also for the building where it is installed, a landmark of modern world architecture. "

5 – Canoas House (São Conrado) – "Niemeyer is the greatest architect Brazil has ever had and one of the greatest in the world. Casa das Canoas is one of the addresses where his art is most spectacularly shown. "

  • 1 – Capanema Palace – "A very special place for Rio de Janeiro and a reference of modern architecture to the world."

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  • 2 –Moreira Salles Institute (Gávea) – "An institution that unites exceptional architecture and the magnificent gardens designed by Burle Marx with very high level photography exhibitions. All for free"

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  • 3 – Lapa and its surroundings – "A unique region that offers enormous cultural richness and examples of various moments of Brazilian architecture, from colonial to modern."

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  • 4 – Museum of Modern Art (MAM) – "One of the most important museums in Brazil. Not only for its collection but also for the building where it is installed, a landmark of modern world architecture. "

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