Saturday, 21 December 2013

São Paulo the most popular choice for World Cup teams

Fifteen of the 32 world cup teams will make São Paulo their base for the tournament, the most of any state in the country. Below is a list of the top states by number of teams choosing to set up camp there:

1. São Paulo - 15
2. Rio de Janeiro - 4
3. Minas Gerais - 3
4. Bahia - 3

Meanwhile hosts Brazil will have their HQ in Teresopolis and reigning champions Spain in Curitiba.

Monday, 16 December 2013

VIDEO: São Paulo by Like from Pac Div

Recorded in São Paulo here is the new video clip São Paulo by Like from Pac Div. 

Look out for the "beans and rice, eating nice" line. Priceless.

São Paulo by Like from Pac Div

Thursday, 12 December 2013

São Paulo: The myth of the concrete jungle

View from the terrace of the Edificio Italia
This is the view from the top of the Edificio Italia building in central São Paulo. A field of skyscrapers as far as the eye can see and what surprises the most is how little it changes if you look in one direction or another. A true urban megalopolis but is it necessarily a concrete jungle?

What is remarkable is that, invisible to the eye from the lofty hights of the Edificio Italia, there are considerable amounts of shrubs, trees and green spaces. And within it lives a massive array of wildlife.

According to data from the UN here is a list of the species currently found in the city:

Flora: 1,909 species of which 1,788 are angiosperms, 30 gymnosperms, 70 pteridophyta, 19 bryophytes, and 3 lichens.
Fauna: 285 species of birds (Ibirapuera park alone hosts 135 of them), 58 species of mammals, 40 different amphibians and 37 reptiles as well as the 9 species of fish living in the lakes of the municipal parks.

So just as humans in their millions have adapted to São Paulo's concrete, so it seems have many wild plants and animals. Or at least, they have survived the human invasion, something you wouldn't necessarily take for granted when observing the urban sprawl from the top of the Edificio Italia.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Only in São Paulo; A hotel for Bonsai

Logo Bonsai Kai

Over in Jardim Petropolis, in the state of São Paulo, is a hotel called Bonsai Kai. But this particular hotel is not for holidaying tourists. It is, as the name suggests, for bonsai.

Bonsai Tree
It also doubles up as a hospital for those bonsai that not only require a hotel stay but also some medical treatment. Daily rates depend on the size of the tree varying between  R$ 2-8 for the hotel and R$ 3-10 for the hospital.

And in case you think it is a fad or a publicity stunt, you'll be happy to learn it has actually  been around since 1995 and the hotel is thriving with an average of 40 trees sleeping there per night! Whether this is driven by the huge local japanese population or by something else, one thing is clear; there is definitely a market for the bonsai hotel.

Bonsai Tree Picture

Friday, 6 December 2013

São Paulo Collection by Studio Swine

Designed and made in São Paulo, Studio Swine's São Paulo Collection is a series of luxury products derived directly from waste products.

São Paulo is the ‘Aluminium Capital’ of the world, recycling up to 98% of aluminium cans and tins with a turnaround time of around 30 days. But it lags behind in other forms of recycling which are less profitable.

Studio Swine explores the potential of these materials in their latest project aiming for the twin goals of luxury design and sustainablity.

The collection itself was made for Coletivo Amor de Madre Gallery and was inspired by the Brazilian tropical modernism of the 1950’s. 

Here are the results:

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

VIDEO: 5 Great Buildings of São Paulo

To the careless visitor they are hard to spot and to the tired Paulistano they are easy to forget but lost amongst the endless sea of skyscrapers are some architectural gems.

The video below, by Monstro Filmes, helps us to take a step back and appreciate 5 iconic triumphs of São Paulo architecture. In a simple but beautifully put together video we're given a chronological portrait of the following buildings:

The symbolic Banespa tower
The majestic Martinelli
Niemeyer's curvaceous Copan building
The bright and bold MASP
The watermelon-shaped 5-star hotel

Here is the video:

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