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Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President

Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President

Brazil is on the verge of electing their Barack Obama. Except Marina Silva would not only be the country's first black president - but also the world's first green president. Silva was born into a poor

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Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

As of this weekend, Brazil has to decide what to do with the stadiums and facilities built for the World Cup. Temporary buildings will be dismantled, some will be reused, but a large number of objects

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Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Originally built in 1965, the public listed Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto is one of this year's World Cup venues. Topped with 6,000 rooftop solar panels, it doubles as a complete photovoltaic solar

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art - a la

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How Brazil’s 12 World Cup Stadiums Hit (or Missed) Their Green Goals

How Brazil’s 12 World Cup Stadiums Hit (or Missed) Their Green Goals

Estadio Nacional Brazil’s capital of Brasilia’s national stadium was remodeled by Casto Mello, who nearly dismantled the 42,000 seat stadium to accommodate over 70,000. The LEED Platinum stadium is

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World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

With just days to go before the World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, the venue for the event is still not completed. After a string of construction delays and the deaths of three workers on the site,

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Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Related: Top 5 Urban Farms in New York City The original building was inspired by the Pompidou center in Paris, complete with exposed pipes, multiple entrances, and stacked mezzanine levels. The

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Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

In order to maintain the personality of the neighborhood, the architects focused on expanding and reframing the original space of the Arena do Morro community center while adding new design features. The

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Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Loft Bauhaus measures 1,700 square-feet and is raised two feet off the ground using hydraulic piloti. This minimizes the home's impact on the soil and allows all necessary electrical cables to be fitted

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The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

MAPA architects placed the kitchen, living room, and other communal spaces on first floor of the house and stacked the bedrooms up above on the second level. To reinforce the division of space, the

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2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

Apart from its primary function as a football stadium, the building's horseshoe design opens the grounds out onto an inner city lake located just outside, which makes it perfect for concerts, parties, and

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Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous’ World Cup Arena in Natal has been completed ahead of schedule and 3 percent below budget. Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff officially inaugurated the Arena das Dunas and congratulated the

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Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According

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Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

When teams from around the world battle it out on the field for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, spectators and athletes alike will also have to contend with the specter of dengue fever. The most severe

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Brazil’s World Cup Stadium Collapses, Killing Two Workers

Brazil’s World Cup Stadium Collapses, Killing Two Workers

Photograph by Xinhua Press/Corbis Brazil's beleaguered efforts to ready the city for the 2014 World Cup have taken a dramatic and deadly turn. On Wednesday, a large crane fell on the $355 million

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Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Henrique Oliveira holds a degree in painting but his work is an exploration on three-dimensional constructions and temporary installations. He was a student in São Paulo when he spotted a plywood fence

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Brazil Cuts the Ribbon on Mineirão Stadium’s New $16.1m Solar Roof

Brazil Cuts the Ribbon on Mineirão Stadium’s New $16.1m Solar Roof

Brazil’s stadium Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, or Mineirão for short, got a new rooftop solar array in preparation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As the tournament approaches in just under a year

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Brazil’s World Cup Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil Biofuel

Brazil’s World Cup Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil Biofuel

Brazil is preparing to host the World Cup next year, but the nation won't only be showing off its soccer skills. The world's largest producer of biodiesel also plans to provide green transportation for

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Tivoli Eco Residences Leave a Light Footprint on the Coast of Northern Brazil

Tivoli Eco Residences Leave a Light Footprint on the Coast of Northern Brazil

Each of the eco residences is a two-story structure with a small swimming pool located on the second-floor terrace. The living area is located on the upper floor, which features excellent views of the

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Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's largest public celebrations, featuring nearly 2 million costumed party goers, an extravagant parade, and of course, lots of alcohol consumption. The

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Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Living along a major river means you are at the mercy of the actions of those living upstream. On May 31, a landslide ruptured the Trans-Ecuador pipeline operated by Petroecuador, sending 420,000 gallons

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Brazil Annouces 84% Reduction in Amazon Deforestation

Brazil Annouces 84% Reduction in Amazon Deforestation

Photo via Shutterstock Brazil just released some encouraging figures that suggest the government has been able to drastically reduce the rate of deforestation in the Amazon. According to reports,

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Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Designed by Studio MK27’s Marcio Kogan, Casa MM boasts a luscious grass green roof that acts as insulation and also a continuation of the landscape. Due to the extreme sunny weather, the walls are

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Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

‘Casa Box’ is a stunning modern renovation of a caretaker's house on a Brazilian island that sits overlooking the coastline like a contemporary cube. The house was constructed by Alan Chu Silveira e

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Brazil Announces Massive Plan to Survey Amazon Rainforest, Cut Deforestation by 80%

Brazil Announces Massive Plan to Survey Amazon Rainforest, Cut Deforestation by 80%

Amazon rainforest photo from Shutterstock Brazil recently announced plans to count and catalogue the trees in the Amazon rainforest as part of a massive conservation measure. The survey will provide

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INTERVIEW: Gustavo Penna on Building the Lincoln Residence in the Highlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil

INTERVIEW: Gustavo Penna on Building the Lincoln Residence in the Highlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Inhabitat: How would you describe your architectural style? Gustavo: I start with the ground. In order to design, the architect has to have their feet on the ground, eyes on the horizon and head in the

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Brazilian Fast-Food Chain Cuts Waste By Serving Up Burgers Wrapped In Edible Paper

Brazilian Fast-Food Chain Cuts Waste By Serving Up Burgers Wrapped In Edible Paper

A Brazilian fast-food chain has introduced a clever solution for customers tired of having to unwrap their hamburger before eating it: edible packaging. As part of a marketing campaign designed to

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Coca-Cola Launches Plastic Bottle Recycling Program To Make Seats For Brazilian World Cup Stadium

Coca-Cola Launches Plastic Bottle Recycling Program To Make Seats For Brazilian World Cup Stadium

Photo via Shutterstock In two years Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and as one of its main sponsors Coca-Cola has pledged to reduce the tournament's environmental footprint by launching a

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