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.