Friday, 26 December 2014

Photo of the Day: SP by night

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:

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