Very Carioca, as she defines herself, the architect, urban planner and professor,  Andrea Queiroz Rego, director of the Architecture and Urban Planning School (FAU) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), is one of the professionals who don’t hide the emotions when addressing Rio de Janeiro and its beauties. Born in the “Wonderful City”, she recounts growing up experiencing “many Rios”. All full of great memories, for the most part. – Rio is my house, my home. I know that there are many Rios in Rio and I don’t know all of them equally, but this is…
A landscaper from São Paulo who fell in love with Rio de Janeiro in 1974, when she arrived here and found out the charm of the natural paradises, such as Tijuca National Park. This is Cecília Polacow Herzog, who is currently hoping that the popular saying “every cloud has a silver lining” applies to the post-COVID-19 world. She is a professor at PUC-Rio and a renowned researcher in Brazil, specialized in Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and urbanization for sustainable cities, who believes that, despite the difficulties in all fields, it is an appropriate time to reflect on what kind of…
Passing one morning in the 60s through Aterro do Flamengo, Abraham became concerned. The plants that gave life to Burle Marx’s landscaping suffered from a lack of rainfall and no longer exhibited the characteristic opulent green. A few weeks later, his son Roberto, then a young man who helped with his father’s company accounting, received a payment order for 600 water trucks. Surprised and crediting the charge for a mistake, he consulted Abraham. In response, he received the statement that the receipt was correct despite the family’s financial crisis. The fleet had been hired by him to water the…
Dad’s scold didn’t work.  The boy who climbed Fallet’s Hill to exchanged his imported toys for tops and other improvised ones with cans and wires, did not obey his father on this item. It is true that he was oriented by his mother to play in the favela “because there was no car there”, but did he need to exchange his toys? Luiz Carlos Menezes de Toledo, now 76 years old, has fun remembering that.  Mainly because he hasn’t, until the present day, been disconnected from the favela. He just changed his address.  The renowned doctor architect, who signs…
It was by accompanying her mother and sister to work that young Geisa, then a resident of Duque de Caxias, became enchanted by the Wonderful City.  First, she fell with the neighborhoods of Grajaú and São Conrado. Later she started to enjoy Urca Beach on vacation, until she moved to Rio at the age of 16.  Her passion for the city only grew and now she has decided that she belongs to the first city to receive the title of World Capital of Architecture.  The discovery of places that fascinated her in Rio coincided with her professional growth.  Also…
Despite being born in Rio de Janeiro, Dora Alcântara spent much of her childhood and adolescence in other states. Her father’s military career allowed only vacation trips to the city of Rio de Janeiro, where the girl spent the days with her family in a traditional house in Tijuca neighborhood, and in Copacabana beach. At age 17, Dora finally returned to her homeland and experienced a feeling that has accompanied her to this day, seven decades later. “It was like, from that moment on, I was permanently on vacation. Rio de Janeiro, with its unique nature and welcoming atmosphere,…