Brazil, the big B of the BRIC countries, is in high spirits. The current upswing involving booming economic growth and cultural development is accompanied by good architecture: a great number of outstanding buildings have emerged, reviving international interest in Brazilian architecture. This publication provides an exciting selection of 220 modern buildings from the canonical works of Brazilian modern architecture to barely-known buildings; from works of the six best-known Brazilian masters namely, Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa,Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Joao VilanovaArtigas,Lina Bo Bardi, and Joao Filgueiras Lima (Lele) to those of young aspiring architectural offices. Coming from different cultural contexts and professional backgrounds, the three authors favoured an open-minded approach to Brazilian production. Considering the vastness of the country and the enormous number of projects, the selection presented here is far from exhaustive but presents a panoramic overview that helps the traveller to see good architecture.
Laurence Kimmel (1971) is a French architect and holds a PhD in aesthetics from the University Paris X Nanterre. She published the book "Architecture as landscape - Alvaro Siza" in 2010 (ed. Petra). She is now a teacher and researcher at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris la Villette. Anke Tiggemann (1975) studied Interior Design in Detmold, Germany. After her degree in 2004, she worked as Research and Teaching Assistant at Hochschule Ostwestfalen- Lippe for CAD / Computer-Aided Design. Currently she lives in Berlin and works as an interior designer and author. Bruno Santa Cecilia (1977) is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He is professor in the undergraduate programme of UFMG and FUMEC schools of architecture, and published the book "Eolo Maia: complexidade e contradicao na arquitetura brasileira" in 2006 (ed. UFMG). Bruno is also a founding partner of the architecture practice Arquitetos Associados and a founding editor of MDC - Architecture Magazine.