Pictures of Rio de Janeiro

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There is very little to complain of in the category of Olympic stadiums at Rio this year. The structures all appear to have mastered the urge to look like something other than arenas for sport. No bird cages, no bubble mattresses, not this year. So I have collected some images of Rio de Janeiro, the city. It, unlike its stadia, has received not a few hard knocks this year. But Rio’s a beautiful place, and no crime wave, health scare or political crisis can take that away from it, especially if stacked next to Brazil’s actual capital, Brasilia. And I don’t want to go there. So … back to Rio. And here is an interesting essay, “Rio Atlas: Cosmopolitan Urbanism,” about the history of Rio’s architecture by Emma Schad.

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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