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In Brazil on April 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

The Casa das Caldeiras project for the city of Sao Paulo. For an impressive list of Sao Paulo projects see here.

WORLD CUP

Brazil reassured FIFA they will be ready to stage a good World Cup in 2014 after the world soccer governing body’s president Sepp Blatter criticized delays in the country’s preparations (Reuters).

Construction projects related to Brazil’s World Cup, already well behind schedule, have run into another unexpected problem — financing (Reuters).

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BOOKS

“Heliopolis,” James Scudamore’s exhilarating satire of class conflict in Sao Paulo, Brazil, merits just about every hackneyed plaudit one can hurl at it. It’s a book that one finds oneself very reluctant to put down, even when one had to (Washington Post).

AMAZON

A new study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests caused by the last year’s record-breaking drought (MercoPress).

PETROPOLIS

Petrópolis plans to be a major tourist destination during the winter months (June-August) once again. After the heavy rains devastated the state of Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis is gearing up to host its annual events, hoping to recuperate some of the losses from the sharp drop in tourism in late January and February (The Rio Times).

RIO

Nowhere is this frenetic changing pace of real estate renewal more apparent than in middle-class neighborhood Botafogo, nestled at the bottom of the valley that has the Lagoa Rodrigo da Freitas at one end and Praia Botafogo at the other. Soaring prices have already put it out of reach for many, and at the same time, making it more attractive to the affluent (The Rio Times).

On Thursday 6th July 1922, the Republican government of Brazil had heard the army was on the verge of revolt, and pre-emptively shut several army bases. One army base, Forte de Copacabana, remained in the hands of the revolutionaries, and the government told the men surrender or die (The Rio Times).

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