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Beyond the World Cup stadiums, architecture in Brazil returns to glory
Beyond the World Cup stadiums, architecture in Brazil returns to glory

Over the last seven years, Brazil undertook a countrywide mega-construction project that sparked discontent among the population and led many of the country's widely admired architects to wrinkle their noses in disgust. The 12 stadiums, built or renovated for about $3.6 billion for the just-started World Cup, planned in secret and accessible mostly to well-to-do ticket-holders, flew in the face of the egalitarian aspirations that have dominated many of the country's street demonstrations since last June. But in the background, a renaissance of Brazil's heroic-minded and intellectual architecture is taking place, after decades of lying dormant. Drawing on the country's...

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