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BTW, this issue has nothing to do with Rio de Janeiro and Olympic Games. The security in Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo is made exclusively by Police Force of Sao Paulo state. It's a problem fo

My God, don't they have enough problems! {couldn't resist}

Uh, maybe because they are great ways to show what's going on in and around Rio. Keep posting please

Brazil's Meirelles to lead Olympics agency - paper

(Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff picked former central bank chief Henrique Meirelles to manage an agency coordinating investments for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Meirelles, the longest serving central bank chief, stepped down in December after eight years at the helm of the bank.

He will be in charge of the Olympics Public Authority, created by Rousseff's predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Congress is expected to pass a law establishing the authority by March, O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper said.

Representatives from the federal, state and city governments will make up the agency, which is expected to have a budget of around 30 billion reais ($18 billion).

The agency, whose creation was agreed upon with the International Olympic Committee, will be responsible for coordinating investments, mostly in infrastructure, planned for the Olympic Games that will take place in Rio in 2016.

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That is one ugly monster, I guess Rio isn't known for it's architecture and won't be anytime soon. Maybe the Orbit tower should be moved to Rio after 2012, it could be on an island like that hideous fantasy waterfall structure.

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I agree on Windsor tower being a "monster" in a neighbourhood where all the building have almost the same height. It makes the landscape weird...

But to say Rio is not known for its archtecture???

For sure, not like Brasilia or Istambul unique cities in the world about archtecture, but Rio receive visitors (specially from abroad) every year just to see the diversity of styles and what the call the "decades line" of the city!

And, indeed, I watched a documentay from Canada about this too.

If you walk from Downtown to Barra da Tijuca/Recreio, you will see Portuguese traditional Housing style from the 1800s in Old part of Downtown, Neo-Classic buildings 1900s in Gloria/Lapa, 1910s and 1920s Art Déco in Flamengo Beach and go on like a timelapse line of styles and buildings...

downtown.jpg

And one of the most cool about Rio's downtown it's mixture of styles of new and old.

Unfortunatelly, this is a kind of tourism, Rio could explore better abroad. There is a lot to see and discover in the city, and in the rest of Brazil too.

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I agree on Windsor tower being a "monster" in a neighbourhood where all the building have almost the same height. It makes the landscape weird...

But to say Rio is not known for its archtecture???

For sure, not like Brasilia or Istambul unique cities in the world about archtecture, but Rio receive visitors (specially from abroad) every year just to see the diversity of styles and what the call the "decades line" of the city!

And, indeed, I watched a documentay from Canada about this too.

If you walk from Downtown to Barra da Tijuca/Recreio, you will see Portuguese traditional Housing style from the 1800s in Old part of Downtown, Neo-Classic buildings 1900s in Gloria/Lapa, 1910s and 1920s Art Déco in Flamengo Beach and go on like a timelapse line of styles and buildings...

downtown.jpg

And one of the most cool about Rio's downtown it's mixture of styles of new and old.

Unfortunatelly, this is a kind of tourism, Rio could explore better abroad. There is a lot to see and discover in the city, and in the rest of Brazil too.

Art Deco is from 1925 to be exact, through the 1930's, followed by "Streamline Moderne" which followed Deco as a style and was often mixed with some Deco in the 1940's. In the 1910's, you still had a lot of Beaux Arts going on.

Deco and Streamline are two of my favorite styles.

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Art Deco is from 1925 to be exact, through the 1930's, followed by "Streamline Moderne" which followed Deco as a style and was often mixed with some Deco in the 1940's. In the 1910's, you still had a lot of Beaux Arts going on.

Deco and Streamline are two of my favorite styles.

Thanks for the accurate info. I really didn't know =]

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Only in RdJ can you have two monolithic hotels with their room count in the 500s range looming ober a popular beach where all of the buildings bordering it are almost the same height. Anyway, I am glad that the old Le Meridien reopened. We do not want vacant hotels hindering the 2016 Olympics.

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I agree on Windsor tower being a "monster" in a neighbourhood where all the building have almost the same height. It makes the landscape weird...

But to say Rio is not known for its archtecture???

For sure, not like Brasilia or Istambul unique cities in the world about archtecture, but Rio receive visitors (specially from abroad) every year just to see the diversity of styles and what the call the "decades line" of the city!

And, indeed, I watched a documentay from Canada about this too.

If you walk from Downtown to Barra da Tijuca/Recreio, you will see Portuguese traditional Housing style from the 1800s in Old part of Downtown, Neo-Classic buildings 1900s in Gloria/Lapa, 1910s and 1920s Art Déco in Flamengo Beach and go on like a timelapse line of styles and buildings...

downtown.jpg

And one of the most cool about Rio's downtown it's mixture of styles of new and old.

Unfortunatelly, this is a kind of tourism, Rio could explore better abroad. There is a lot to see and discover in the city, and in the rest of Brazil too.

Amazing picture! Is the third old building in the left the Paço Imperial?

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That is one ugly monster, I guess Rio isn't known for it's architecture and won't be anytime soon. Maybe the Orbit tower should be moved to Rio after 2012, it could be on an island like that hideous fantasy waterfall structure.

Rio as chosen The Best City of The World (2011) in Architecture and Design, by Wallpaper Awards :D

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Rio 2016 starts Pre-Games Training Venues Registering and Selection Process

Events benefits will be extended to other Brazilian cities, that will be able to receive Olympic and Paralympic Delegation

A project intended to extend the experience of the largest multisport event in the world to other Brazilian cities was launched on Thursday, February 17, by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Pre-Games venues registering and selection process will identify sport venues throughout the country that meet the technical requirements and recommendations of the International Sport Federations to enable the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees to bring their athletes to Games host country before the Games, in order to bring them together and improve training and adjustment to local conditions.

All city, state and federal sport organizations, public and private teaching institutions, military institutions, private sport clubs and enterprises engaged in sport-related businesses and owners of other venues that meet the established technical requirements will be welcomed to take part in the process. Enrollment is open to the interested parties from Thursday up to April 5th, sufficing to complete the online form available at Rio 2016 website: www.rio2016.com/treinamentoprejogos.

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http://www.rio2016.org./en/rio-2016-now/rio-2016-start-pre-games-training-venues-registering-and-selection-process

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Rio de Janeiro Office Rents Overtake New York for First Time

February 18, 2011, 7:33 AM EST

By Simon Packard

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- New York lost its crown as the most expensive prime office market in the Americas, overtaken for the first time by Rio de Janeiro, according to a study by real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

The annual cost of renting a square foot of prime office space in the Brazilian city rose 47 percent last year to $120, or $5 more than in Midtown Manhattan, the broker said in a statement today. Rio de Janeiro advanced to fourth from 13th in a global ranking of prime office markets, coming after Hong Kong, London and Tokyo, Cushman said.

“Very high demand and a lack of supply” powered the gains in Brazil’s second-largest city, Mariana Mokayad Hanania, a research manager for the broker’s South America arm, said in the statement.

Brazil’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 6.7 percent in the third quarter, helped by commodity exports and rising consumer spending. South America registered the highest regional growth in the study, with a gain of 12 percent.

Hong Kong overtook London’s West End district as the world’s most expensive location for prime offices. Rents increased 51 percent last year to $241 a square foot as corporations expanded and new businesses competed for a limited amount of high quality space, Cushman & Wakefield said.

London prime rents rose 27 percent last year to $233 a square foot, the Cushman study showed. That contrasts with an average of 1 percent growth across Europe.

New York advanced to fifth in the global ranking from sixth a year ago after prime rental costs in Midtown Manhattan rose 10 percent to $115 a square foot, Cushman said.

Cushman & Wakefield is the world’s largest privately owned commercial real estate broker and is controlled by Italy’s Agnelli family.

--Editors: Ross Larsen, Anne Pollak.

To contact the reporter on this story: Simon Packard in London at packard@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ross Larsen at rlarsen2@bloomberg.net.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-02-18/rio-de-janeiro-office-rents-overtake-new-york-for-first-time.html

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Isolation and has begun dismantling the section 2 of the Rio Sambadrome, venue of the competitions of archery and the finish of the marathon Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

By going through the Sambadrome is already possible to see some fences isolating the area and removal of windows and doors. For those who did not, to work and reshaping the entire industry needs to be ready until 2 the next carnival.

The project was budgeted at $ 30 million and will be funded by private enterprise. At the end of reform, will have its capacity expanded Sambadrome from 60 thousand to 77,800 people.

Will be built eight blocks of bleachers (four modules with large grandstands and box seats and four small cabins for) stalls, including areas for the installation of public toilets, access for people with disabilities, health centers, security room, service areas and a space reserved for jurors.

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Olympic Park will have an international contest

O Globo, Luiz Ernesto Magalhães, 25/abr

The area of ​​1.2 million square meters in the vicinity of Jacarepaguá Circuit earn a Master Plan. He will detail how the occupation of the region before and after the 2016 Olympics, including residential and commercial property. Mayor Eduardo Paes launches today, in partnership with the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), an international design contest for the urban master plan called the Olympic Park.

The region will host one of the main venues of the Games. In all, 15 disciplines will be played on site. Part of the premises shall be final and will house the training center, run by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), which will form athletes. Other facilities, such as future water park may be disabled or converted to commercial offices, in the case of the media center.

Pan will use the equipment required

One of the rules of the notice provides for the mandatory use of the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park and the multipurpose arena, built for the Pan American Games 2007. Another factor to be taken into account in the proposals is the use of materials greater durability, and the least possible expenditure of energy and water. Mark landscaped area will need to be observed, such as Stone and the Whale Pond Jacarepagua, which must not be obstructed by new construction.

- Is the chosen project that has environmental concerns and to avoid unnecessary public expenditures, and urban quality. Hence the requirement that the equipment is recovered $ - said the municipal secretary of Economic Development, Philip Goes.

The architects also will suggest the location of the 2000 parking spaces for vehicles of official delegations, service providers and sponsors. In the case of landscaping, it must be done so when rain water to drain into the lagoon Marapendi do not take debris.

For the president of the IAB, Sergio Magalhaes, the selection of the design by contract is a guarantee that the proposal will have chosen quality:

- The Rio has to be a vanguard city. Olympic projects not fall into the general mediocrity. They must be bold - Sergio said.

The proposals also indicate the location of buildings for sports competitions, as well as placeholders for squares, streets and gardens. The possibility that the investment is made in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) should be contemplated.

In the application file, it was predicted that investment in equipment to stay with the Union Ministry of Sports, however, analyzes a proposal from the city to the entry of private capital in order to cut costs both during construction and $ maintenance.

- The sports equipment will occupy only 40% of the total area. The remaining land is highly valued. Our suggestion is that part of the collection with the holding of private land is used in the maintenance of streets, gardens and public lighting of the Olympic Park - says Goes.

The costs to urbanize the Olympic Park are estimated at U.S. $ 590 million. But the final budget depends on the completion of surveys made by a company hired by the city. This account does not include the construction of a new racetrack in Diodorus, still under $ detailing projects by the Ministry of Sports. The final cost of sports facilities is also not closed yet because the architectural designs will be chosen by a design contest. The prediction is that they begin to be built in 2013 and will be ready in about two years.

The contest will award the top three with $ 100 thousand, U.S. $ 50,000 and $ 25,000 respectively. Only the winning project will be implemented. The result should be released until August. Foreigners may only participate if they have representation in Brazil or are associated with a national office.

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Is not about Rio, is about Brazil economy.

http://www.economist.com/node/16886442

The economic revolution of Brazil (and also in Latin America - since economies are connected now-a-days), unlike China or our Carnaval parties, is silent.

Everytime world blinks Brazil jumps one position in the top economies ranking...

This artcile shows this. People in US, Europe is not giving a damn for what is happening down here. I'm not predicting Brazil will be the new superpower (this will never happen), but this part of the world is learning how to live without the north.

And Africa is starting their revolution too (with China aid).

The world is changing... fast.

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After Meirelles, the women of U.S. $ 1bn

And the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, retaliated for indicating the height of the former Central Bank President Henrique Meirelles as president of the Olympic Public Authority (APO) and invited the economist Maria Silvia Bastos Marques to preside over the Olympic Municipal Authority (AOM) .

First woman to chair the Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN), the largest integrated steelmaker in Latin America, Maria Silvia earned the nickname "the wife of U.S. $ 1 billion" after occupying the position of municipal secretary of Finance of Rio during management Cesar Maia, in 1995, and leave that amount in cash in the city to step aside.

Currently, Maria Silvia is the president of the Icatu Insurance, a position he no longer deal in July to take the AOM in August.

Henrique Meirelles arrived

The former Central Bank president, Henrique Meirelles was presented informally, on the morning of Wednesday, members of the Steering Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Rio 2016, as president of the Olympic Public Authority (PDB). The meeting took place at Palácio Guanabara, in Orange, in the south, where representatives of the international body in the initial days of monitoring the preparations for the competition in Rio.

Meirelles attended the meeting as a guest, as it has not passed through the Senate confirmation hearings and, therefore, its official in charge did not occur. But the politician has already answered some questions as a representative of the federal government.

In addition to Meirelles, another news came the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, who presented to IOC members the name of economist Maria Silvia Bastos Marques as a person occupying the position of chairman of the Authority Olympic Hall (AOM). Detailed curriculum coordinators responded and it excited the new participant of the Olympic organization.

Status meetings are continuing preparations for the Rio this afternoon.

And it will be on 7, 8 and 9 June for the coming year to Rio all the Steering Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2016.

In total, the committee consists of 17 IOC members, among them Olympic champions: the Russian swimmer Alexander Popov and athlete Ukrainian Sergey Bubka.

In the current visit that began Wednesday and ends on Thursday, only in the Rio executive director of the IOC Coordination Commission Gilbert Felli and chairman of the group Nawal El Moutawakel.

Olympic City, the site

The city of Rio on Friday launched a new site on the transformation of the city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Is www.cidadeolimpica.com

In it, the user can follow the progress of the preparation for the Games in Rio, through cameras online at construction sites, as well as projections glimpse of how will the river in 2016.

The launch will be attended by the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Nawal El Moutawakel, and executive director Gilbert Felli, which closed on Thursday the review meetings to prepare for city ​​for the event.

Even with the launch of our Olympic city, the page "transparenciaolimpica.com.br" in the air will continue to receive updated data and accountability of the works.

River opened international bidding for the 2016 Olympic Park urbanize

Installation will receive half of the evidence. Maximum cost is R$ 590 million

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, on Monday opened an international tender for the upgrading project in the park's Olympic Games in 2016. The facility will receive half of the 15 sports and events. Work began in December last year.

The maximum cost of the upgrading project is $ 590 million, a figure that should cover the design of all public spaces, including streets, parks and access roads.

The Olympic Park will integrate with the planning of the region, respecting the environment and be economically feasible, according to the conditions presented by the Mayor.

Another requirement is that after the Games, 60% of the area remain free of the Olympic Park for construction of hotels, residential and commercial areas.

IOC visit in the works for the subway and cares about the region's Maracana

According to State Secretary for Transport, Sergio Cabral delegation questioned about flooding caused by storm this week

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) visited on Thursday the works of the subway Barra da Tijuca, west of Rio de Janeiro. This is the second visit of the delegation - the first was in December. Since then, they were dug 430 yards from the main gallery. It is expected that the fourth line is delivered in December 2015, about six months before the Games Rio-2016.

The state Secretary of Transportation, Julio Lopez, said the delegation was concerned about flooding in the region near the Maracana. Governor Sergio Cabral would have said that funds for the work had been requested.

- We talked a little about the Flag Square, the Governor has ensured that these works will be sought from the Federal Government and that this problem will be solved - he said the G1.

Also according to Julio Lopez, the subway line 4 will be inaugurated with the station less than anticipated in the original design. The station Gavea only be delivered after the deadline.

http://globoesporte.globo.com/olimpiadas/noticia/2011/04/coi-visita-obras-do-metro-na-barra-e-se-preocupa-com-regiao-do-maracana.html

Upon release of the bidding, Eduardo Paes pledged to propose that most of the budget of this work is paid by the private sector.

- If you are able to raise private funds to defray most of the Olympic park do we - said Paes.

Sambodramo works

http://www.lancenet.com.br/rio2016/Comecam-obras-sambodromo_0_466153469.html

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06/07/2011

IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games back in town for second official visit

The Commission will meet with the Organising Committee and federal, state and city governments’ representatives as well as seeing Games-related works

Chaired by Morocco’s Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games starts Tuesday, June 7, a three-day programme of meetings and presentations at various worksites in the city for its second official visit to Rio de Janeiro.

The Coordination Commission visits the host city once a year until four years from the Games, when the visits become twice yearly until the Games are held. The Commission’s full meetings are supplemented by regular Project Review visits of smaller IOC teams involving the Commission Chairperson, selected members of the Commission and members of the IOC administration – as the recent late April meetings.

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http://www.rio2016.org.br/en/rio-2016-now/ioc-s-coordination-commission-for-the-rio-2016-games-back-in-town-for-second-official-v

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A snippet in today's Guardian may be of some interest:

The 12,000-seat basketball arena at the Olympic site in east London has been hailed by organisers as a template for future games, after the latest completed venue was unveiled on Wednesday.

The completion of the basketball arena leaves just one venue at the park still to be finished, the landmark Zaha Hadid aquatics centre. The £42m basketball venue is designed to be deconstructed after the Games as part of an original plan to avoid white elephants, with the 12,000 seats destined for Silverstone and other sporting venues and the Scottish manufacturers of the external structure in talks with Rio 2016 to ship it to Brazil.

LINK TO GAMESBIDS BASKETBALL ARENA THREAD

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