Saturday, 6 December 2014

The site that maps São Paulo's hidden rivers


Rios invisíveis is a collaborative project launched this year which aims to map all of São Paulo's rivers and project them onto an online searchable graphic. It was born out of the EcoHack World, an environment-focused international initiative aiming to map, visualise and database environment related information.

Using official data from the municipality of São Paulo as a starting point, the aim is to get ordinary citizens to pool their collective knowledge of their neighbourhoods to further map where rivers run and where they used to run. As much of this information resides only in the memories of Paulistas and there are few other methods of recovering this historical information, the project has become known as invisible rivers or rios invisíveis in portuguese.


Are you a long time resident of your neighbourhood? Do you have a river to map? Just get in touch with the guys at Rios Invisíveis

Photo of the day: Threatening yet beautiful

Monday, 1 December 2014

Livraria Cultura wins award for Best Retail Interior of 2014


Livraria Cultura bookshop was recently recognised as the Best Retail Interior Design at an international design festival held in Singapore.

The store, which was conceived by Studio MK27, beat Harrods and a number of fashion concept stores to win the prize. 

São Paulo is not always associated with innovative buildings but there has been a shift towards more thoughtful constructions in recent years. This time Livraria Cultura brings us a whole new take on the bookstore concept incorporating areas for socialising, relaxing, events as well as the primary functions of reading and purchasing.

Rather than being a transactional place, what has been created is a a beautiful and inviting environment of a multi-purpose nature promoting a "stay and read " culture above purely commercial aims.

Below are some photos of the stunning interior (photos by Fernando Guerra)





And a very nicely executed video presentation:

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Photo of the Day: Aerial Sunset in São Paulo

Sunday, 23 November 2014

São Paulo Street Life



If you get a chance, go check out the work of Miguel Castello. The exposition called Memórias da Rua is going on right now at Estação da Luz. Miguel`s powerful photographs portray homeless people living in São Paulo. Admission is free, the expo runs until Nov 30th and is supported by the Fundação e Instituto Justiça Solidária.

Memórias da Rua Expo
Estação da Luz
Praça da Luz, 1
http://www.estacaodaluz.org.br









Miguel Castello on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/memoriasdarua

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Canadian diplomat’s home in São Paulo “far too large and far too costly”

Too large and too costly

Apparently the official residence of the head of Canada’s mission to São Paulo will have to make way for a regular Apartment. This comes amid the effort by the Department of Foreign Affairs to rake in $80 million from selling off diplomatic estates worldwide. The official residence was apparently bought in 1985 for $424,000. We`d love to know where the house is located and what it goes for now. Seems like for some politicians in Canada, it is "too large and too costly"... oh my.

According to Metronewsa 2007 audit report by Foreign Affairs, the home has recently undergone extensive renovations: “The (residence) has undergone extensive work in the past two years, much of which was extremely disruptive to the (head of the mission),” the audit reads. “The final results are impressive however, and have resulted in a functional property which is effectively and appropriately used by the (head of mission) for hospitality activities.”

Metronews continues: In fact, Foreign Affairs thought it may be a little too impressive. Babcock wrote that the Sao Paulo residence was “far too large and far too costly” for Canadian taxpayers to stomach — although the department failed to provide cost estimates to Torstar News Service.“We believe that our operations abroad can be just as efficient and welcoming to guests, while keeping hard-working Canadian taxpayers top of mind,” Babcock wrote in the statement.

 The sale is part of a strategy, announced in the Conservatives’ budget in 2012, to “right size”foreign missions and sell off “high-cost, oversized and/or poorly located housing,” according to Foreign Affairs.

Source: http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1211477/diplomats-home-in-sao-paulo-part-of-ottawas-80-million-selloff/#








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