With the Olympics in full swing down in Brazil, I thought it would be nice to post a little video, that shows Rio in all its 8K glory. No, the video doesn’t show the slums, trash, polluted beach fronts, or other not so nice visuals of Rio. What it does show is an 8K timelapse of the city that does justice to its overall beauty and history. Created by Scientfantastic 3 years ago the video was shot in Ultra HD 4K and 8K within the city of Rio De Janeiro and at the famous Iguazú Falls on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentinian province of Misiones. Yes Brazil is a country with a ton of problems, and Rio isn’t perfect, but this video shows how beautiful it can be and why Rio is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere.
Yesterday the world lost one of it’s great architects. Oscar Niemeyer died at the distinguished age of 104.
Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro, on December 15 1907. A graduate of Escola Nacional de Belas Artes, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design Niemeyer cut his teeth working for his father’s typography house and as a draftsman for local architects in Rio de Janeiro. His style was definitively modern, yet it possessed a sensual quality that softened it against modernisms sometimes cold hard edges. Even past 100 Niemeyer still continued to work and go to his office daily, working on planning new buildings including an auditorium for Brasília. There are quite a few memorials, and obituaries being posted online today, and while I could expound on his genius and talent, I’ll leave that to others. Instead the video below is a 2010 documentary about Niemeyer produced and directed by Sérgio Alexandre Martins Celeste. It’s a full length film, but worth watching if you are into architecture, or design.