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Arq. Futuro, Brazil – A Forum with the Most Influential Figures in Architecture from Around the World

Held in different Brazilian capitals, Arq. Futuro is an ongoing series of lectures uniting the most innovative and active voices in contemporary architecture around the world to engage with Brazilian governmental and civic leaders, architects and students in hopes to shed light to relevant topics in architecture today, ranging from “…architecture and urbanism, the perceived split between the construction of the new and preservation of cultural heritage, the distinction between what are fleeting trends and what has lasting architectural value, and solutions for cities today”.

Held at the Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo, today’s program discussed ‘Technology and the Future of Cities’ and included lectures by, followed by a conversation between, Carlos Ratti  – architect, civil engineer and teacher at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory (a center for studies of the urban environment – from street grids to plumbing and garbage systems – by means of sensors and hand-held devices)  and Thaddeus Pawlowski, who is currently working as an urban designer for New York’s Department of City Planning, where he is responsible for large-scale infrastructure projects such as the redevelopment of the Penn Station and Hudson Yards.

Tomorrow’s program will involve discussions on ‘Public Spaces and Centers for Culture and Leisure’ and ‘Social Housing and Real Estate Projects’ with lectures and conversations by Tod Williams and Billie Tsein, Angelo Bucci, Isay Weinfeld and Alejandro Aravena.

Arq. Futuro will hold subsequent programs in Minas Gerais, on November 6th and 7th, and in Rio de Janeiro on April 3rd and 4th, 2013.  The whole series will be streamed live, archived and available to the public in several formats that will include a digital book publication.  Check out full programming and live streaming here.

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