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Most Architecture: Brandbase Pallet

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Handcrafted, sustainable bats for Brazilian beach sport. $150.00

Founded in Rio de Janeiro in 2005, FB Frescobol makes luxury bat and ball sets for the Brazilian beach sport of 'frescobol' (we've tried it - it's fun). Perfect for sunny days off at the beach, FB Frescobol bats are made from small remnants of local Brazilian certifado woods, left over from the production of furniture from other marceneiro wood factories....read more

The Grid House

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Modular Brazilian home settles into its natural surroundings.

We normally associate the grid with two-dimensional design, like print. With the Grid House, a home in Serra da Mantiqueira, Brazil, Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Architects apply a structural grid to the third dimension. The Grid House was developed according to the topography of the land; it sits within a valley, providing privacy and protection from the elements. Because of high......read more

Waste Land Trailer

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A prize-winning documentary about beauty, redemption, and garbage

Outside of Rio de Janeiro lies Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where 3,000 "catadores" make their living foraging for recyclables among the garbage. In Waste Land, a documentary that opens in U.S. theaters this week, director Lucy Walker chronicles a project by Brazil-born, Broooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz, who returned to his homeland to create portraits of the catadores made from......read more

Going For the Green

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The world's first LEED Platinum soccer stadium is under construction in Brazil

Notwithstanding the corruption scandals, construction delays, and dubious evictions, there is one very good reason for futebol-mad Brazilians to feel good about hosting the 2014 World Cup. In Brasilia, the national capital, two young architects are on a mission to build the world's first LEED Platinum soccer stadium. The 70,000-seat Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, designed......read more

In South America

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Watch Vincent Urban's epic video of a road trip below the equator

Vincent Urban and his gang of globe-trotting mates are at it again, this time traveling across most of South America in a "rusty Land Rover," from Argentina, Chile and Bolivia to Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil. The five-minute video, spotted at The Atlantic, is full of time-lapse shots and epic landscapes that  have us itching to book a trip south.  "We brought our......read more

Giant Urban Murals by Rimon Guimaraes

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Brazilian artist goes big in the streets

25-year-old Brazilian artist Rimon Guimarães is gaining legions of fans for his massive, multicolored murals popping up in cities around South America, Europe, Africa, and beyond. One quick glance through these photos and it's easy to see why. With inspiration ranging from nature to comics, botanical illustration to primitive art, the self-taught artist depicts organic forms and bold......read more

Nobody's Nobodies: Photos by Rogerio Reis

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Conceptual photos inquire into issues of image ownership and public space

Brazilian photographer Rogerio Reis offers a tongue-in-cheek look into image ownership with these photos shot on Rio de Janeiro's public beaches. In the series, called Nobody's Nobodies, Reis uses John Baldessari-esque dots to obscure the identities of his human subjects. "The use of colored dots over faces addresses the legal challenge of making candid shots of the bathers on Rio's beaches,"......read more

Lighten Up: Brazilian Girls

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Eco-awareness comes naturally for a band with a global sound.

Described by Variety as "the only dance band that matters," Brazilian Girls (actually three guys and a girl, none of whom is Brazilian) have an eclectic, multilingual sound that fuses electro, samba, salsa, reggae and jazz. With such a global approach to music, it comes as no surprise that the New York City quartet is keenly aware of the impact their shows have on the planet. SHFT's Lighten Up......read more

Ecostasy Urutu Basket

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Beautiful utility basket handwoven in Brazil $50.00

This versatile, handmade basket brings traditional indigenous craft to the modern home. Featuring beautiful graphic patterns inspired by ancient petroglyphs, the Urutu basket is made in Brazil by Baniwa indigenous peoples, who have a rich history of basket weaving using arumã plant fibers. The intricately crafted baskets account for one of the few sources of regular income for......read more

Energy-Saving GreenCam Automatically Shuts Off Your Monitor

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Brazilian company develops eco-smart app that saves energy during quick breaks at work

Most of us spend most of our days on computers, which require no small amount of electricity to run for hours. That being the case, you'd think we would be diligent about shutting off our monitors or putting our computers in sleep mode when we take a break. But we're all guilty of leaving them on from time to time. Enter GreenCam, a free PC app that automatically turns off the user's monitor......read more

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