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World Capital of Architecture, Rio de Janeiro has to confront its own challenges

Rio de Janeiro is looking for solutions amid the global debate on urban planning

the landmark Lapa Arches in Rio de Janeiro
The landmark Lapa Arches in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Lazyllama/Shutterstock

Rio de Janeiro is not known as the Wonderful City by chance. Its exuberant natural landscapes are already Brazil’s most famous picture postcards, but this year, architecture will take center stage with Unesco and the International Union of Architects (UIA) making Rio 2020’s World Capital of Architecture. Now, amid a global debate on urban planning, the Wonderful City will have a chance to examine its own challenges and look for solutions.

Throughout the year, Rio de Janeiro will be hosting a series of events about architecture and urbanism under the theme “All the worlds. Just one world,” culminating in the...

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