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Repurposing Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums

Now that the World Cup excitement is over, one question remains: what will Brazil do with the 12 stadiums built for the massive sport event? Architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux of 1Week1Project created hypothetical designs entitled “Casa Futebol” that propose to insert affordable housing units into the existing structures.

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A large number of the buildings will have to be repurposed or demolished (otherwise they will end up sitting vacant). Some of the stadiums might be converted into public parks, but one of the most cost effective reuse plans is based on the idea of keeping them as event-based venues.

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Casa Futebol, on the other hand, proposes to transform the stadiums into much needed affordable housing structures. Modular housing units would be installed between concrete pylons and stacked around the stadiums’ perimeter, making use of most of the space which is otherwise not used. The architects plan to keep the original function of the stadiums active, with some of the ticket revenue used for maintenance of the residential units.

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While Casa Futebol seems to be the most socially conscious option (considering the great housing deficit), many questions will be raised about the structural stability and capacity of the existing stadiums to make this plan a reality. What do you think?

Images: 1week1project

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Brazil Celebrates the Wolrd Cup with Elaborate Street Paintings

Every four years, Brazilians come together to show their love for soccer by painting their streets. This year, they’re sharing it with the world. And because the World Cup is in Brazil this year, the people and their streets have that much more pride. See more of Brazil’s painted streets HERE.

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You can create photo spheres of where you’re celebrating the World Cup with the new Google Camera app for Android.

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The 2014 World Cup will Feature First Net-Zero-Energy Stadium

With Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, the country’s capital is looking to do some remodeling. The existing stadium, The Estádio Nacional de Brasília, will get a major upgrade when it reaches LEED Platinum certification and becomes the first net-zero-energy stadium in the world.

Designed by Castro Mello Architects, the stadium will feature:

  • Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide the stadium’s power. The stadium will be able to trade energy between the panels and the power grid as necessary.
  • A photocatalytic membrane on the roof that captures air pollution as it falls, and breaks down the chemicals, removing them from the atmosphere. Because over 50% of CO2 emissions related to stadium operations come from transportation to and from the stadium, this makes this especially important.
  • A rainwater collection and recycling system for landscaping use and low-flow water fixtures inside the stadium.
  • Lots of natural light, 3,500 bike parking spots and material reused from the old stadium.

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The stadium, planned to be completed at the end of the year, is expected to cost more than $400 million. Though the solar panels able to perform well for at least 25 years, they are expected to provide a return on investment in 10 to 12 years.

Image: Fast Company

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