Arquivo - Tag: urbanism

Post-Carnaval – bloco party

Claire Rigby takes us behind the televised spectacle and into the free and fluid world of the street party – Rio’s true Carnaval. Above: The outskirts of a bloco in Leblon, on Tuesday morning. By Claire Rigby From the world-class razzle-dazzle of the sambadrome to the endless, hedonistic celebration that takes place in its streets, Brazil(…)

Brazil under construction

South America’s largest country is finally, hopefully, on its way to patching up its woefully lacking infrastructure. But fixing one problem sometimes means dealing with others. By Dom Phillips Living in Rio can at times feel like living on a construction site. Construction is all around: a new metro line, new highways, the whole decayed(…)

Brazil vs. Argentina

A mostly pointless post in which I quickly and subjectively compare the two countries, and share some (slightly) juicy, but meaningless, gossip about glamorous Argentine President Cristina Kirchner. I just got back from Buenos Aires, and it has occurred to me to do a very quick post on the (very significant) differences between the two(…)

Street life and the megacity

Public scenes of teeming life are harder to find than you might expect in São Paulo, and some of the best examples are under fire By Claire Rigby The streets of São Paulo, for a city of almost 20 million, are far from teeming. Quite the opposite. Where other Latin American cities are characterized by(…)