Contributors / Ricardo Moreno

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Squared away

Brushed by greenery in the well-heeled area of Higienópolis, the Edifício Louveira apartment block stirs much modernist ardour. Monocle meets the artist who finally found a home there.

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My last meal: Marcio Kogan

Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan has built some of the nation’s most impressive modernist homes and buildings. For a perfect meal he picks food from a classic São Paulo venue to share with friends in the familiar surroun…

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Vila Madalena

There is more to Brazil than bustling Samba beats and this west-side neighbourhood has waves of young professionals falling for its intimate charms.

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Top of the pile

A city of 11 million, São Paulo is not an easy place to design a substantial residential building that affords both privacy and space. But with his award-winning 360º Building, architect Isay Weinfeld has done just that.

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Different class

Whether it’s airlines or artisan wines, when it comes to inspiring new ventures, staying true to an idea is key. We’ve searched hotels, restaurants, business hubs and remote islands to learn lessons from those achieving…

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Sand castle

Brazil’s beachside resort Santos used to be the retreat that São Paulo residents escaped to. Its flamboyant apartment complex from mid-century master Artacho Jurado, is now a haven for elderly architectural fans.

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Grey matters

Getting old is inevitable but providing for people when they do is too often skirted. Monocle has tracked down those making a difference and showing up the authorities in the process.

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My last meal: Menu building

Architect Isay Weinfeld would go all out, eating all his favourite unhealthy treats for his ‘last meal’. For the starter he’d visit a family restaurant full of character, moving on to the Fasano hotel for his main, followed…

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Show of force

The largest city to be created in the past 100 years is Brazil’s capital. That bold, modernist ideal extends to its military departments, shaped in swathes of creative concrete by architectural icon, Oscar Niemeyer.

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The secret garden

Among the high-rises and inner city bustle of São Paulo, a new home offers quiet solitude while retaining openness. The V4 house from MK27 architects invites nature, the neighbourhood and Monocle to share its space.

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Expo 47: Press forward

Operating out of Brazil’s business and finance capital, ‘Folha de S.Paulo’, which dates back to the 1920s, is a newspaper success story. With a nose for an exclusive and a band of dedicated journalists, it continues to set…

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Hidden gem

When architect Angelo Bucci was asked to design a holiday home that wouldn’t disrupt the forest or beach in Ubatuba, he came up with a house that is a masterpiece of engineering.

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Expo 45: Buenos Aires

European cities battered by the economic crisis can look to Buenos Aires for inspiration. Since the country’s collapse in 1999, the Argentine capital has kept its joie de vivre, and turned formerly run-down areas into…

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