Rio's port under spotlight

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A major opportunity for architects to get involved in the Rio 2016 Olympics preparations is set to be fully detailed at the beginning of October 2010.

A partnership between the Rio de Janeiro City Council and the Brazilian Architects Institute, the competition involves the design of five new construction projects forming part of Rio's port area redevelopment, all to be used for the 2016 Games. The Institute will run the contest, which will require all designs to be ready by February 2011, following which an auction will be held to determine the developers. The projects, which involve the media and judges' village as well as facilities for IT and non–official media, are expected to present post–2016 uses for the facilities, such as conversions to residential, office or retail space. Three projects will receive awards, with the winner to be presented to the International Olympic Committee. Meanwhile, Brazil's national body for ports has called for significant new passenger facilities to be installed in eight of the country's main sea–based entry points, of which only two (Santos and Rio de Janeiro) are currently equipped with specific travel installations. A recent report stated that Antaq (National Agency for Aquatic Transport) will invest R740m three years on the upgrades, which will occur in eight of the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ports in Manaus, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Santos will receive the Antaq funding, while Porto Alegre is already being upgraded through state government funding. At present, passengers are still sharing cargo facilities when disembarking at all but the two ports mentioned, discouraging tourism and sometimes creating dangerous situations. The initiative also aims to prepare the ports to host additional cruise liners offering alternative accommodation over the 2014 FIFA World Cup period. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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