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Rio de Janeiro steps into the calendar of international architecture events with Rio Academy’s Forum

Integrated in the celebrations of the 450th anniversary of the city, the event will bring together big international names of architecture, between the 20th and 26th of July 2015, at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM RJ). Few places in the world can be as ideal as Rio to discuss the future of big cities in developing countries. With all its diversity, about to host the Olympics, and waiting for major changes, the scenario conveys enough content for a wide reflection on the production of architecture and urbanism. Aiming to stimulate debate and the exchange of experiences, Rio Academy will bring together Pritzker prize winners, other renowned architects, academics, professionals from various fields, and the public, for two days of conferences and five-day workshops. Under the central theme ‘The Future of Big Cities in Emerging Countries’, participants will submit ideas for the city of Rio de Janeiro in five sub-themes: Architectural Heritage; Mobility; Spontaneous Urbanism/Informal City; Ephemeral Solutions and Social Inequality. The works, selected by a jury, will be donated to the city by its 450 years and the 50 years of the Flamengo Park. With global experiences such as the Grand Paris, Berlin Agenda 21, the Istanbul Digital City and the Randstad 2040 in mind, Rio Academy proposes to combine reflection over experience, and effective proposals of architectural and urban solutions for cities, presenting itself as a relevant partner in the search for sustainability in contemporary life. The event will take place at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM RJ), and has already confirmed the presence of the Pritzker Paulo Mendes da Rocha (Brazil) and outstanding professionals as Bjarke Ingels (Denmark, BIG), Reinier de Graaf (Netherlands, OMA), Alejandro Aravena (Chile, Elemental), Giancarlo Mazzanti (Colombia). The work produced by each team attending the workshops will be inspired by speakers such as Pedro Évora and Pedro Rivera (RUA, Brazil), Jorge Mario Jauregui (Argentina), Clovis Cunha (Brazil), Marcello Dantas (Brazil) and Washington Fajardo (Brazil).

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