Studio-X Global Network: Rio de Janeiro


Since March 2011, Studio-X Rio occupies a three-story building at Praça Tiradentes, a square in Rio de Janeiro’s downtown area. We are particularly interested in how cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary, and cross-continental exchanges can affect and inform each other when facing the ongoing urban transformations of the city, the country and Latin America. 

Our research guide is a point of departure for the exploration of Rio through multiple media, narratives and contemporary debates. Share your comments and suggestions for the guide with us at

Studio X Rio website


 History of the city:


Porous city : a cultural history of Rio de Janeiro (from the 1810s onward) / Bruno Carvalho. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013.

Rio de Janeiro: uma cidade no tempo = a city through time. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Secretaria Municipal de Cultura, Turismo e Esportes, Departamento Geral de Patrimônio Cultural, 1992.


Built environment:


Cities is a tool from the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estadistica which gathers information about all the municipalities in Brazil. Here you can find tables, graphs, maps and histories that form a complete profile of each Brazilian city.

Favela-Bairro: rewriting the history of Rio / Luiz Paulo Conde, Sérgio Magalhães. Rio de Janeiro: ViverCidades, 2004.

Guia da arquitetura moderna no Rio de Janeiro / Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Secretaria Municipal de Urbanismo, Centro de Arquitetura e Urbanismo do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: O Centro: Casa da Palavra, 2001.


Find books, etc.


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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) enables eligible Columbia University affiliates to borrow material from other libraries and universities and obtain copies of articles or book chapters from titles that are not owned or available at Columbia University Libraries.


Local resources:



Studio X Rio Directors Pedro Rivera and Raul Correa-Smith's guide:

Local News and Blogs (English):

Rio Times

Rio On Watch




Rio Gringa

Christopher Gaffney

Jennifer Barchfield

News from International Press:

The Independent

The Telegraph

The Guardian

BBC Correspondent


Urban Age Rio

Porto Maravilha

Olympic City (official website from the City of Rio)


Rio Guide

Rio Lapa News


BBC Series Brasil

- Episode 1: Samba to Bossa

- Episode 2 : Tropicalia Revolution

- Episode 3: A Tale of Four Cities

Brazil An Inconvenient History BBC


Aerial Rio 1932

Aerial Carnival 1955

Aerial Rio 1967

Aerial 2012

New Year´s Copacabana 2011

JR Women Morro da Providência

Mobility+ Series at Studio-X Rio:





Public Space








Tropa de Elite I (Elite Squad I)

Tropa de Elite II (Elite Squad II)

Cidade de Deus (City of God) - Fernando Meirelles

Central do Brasil (Central Station) - Walter Salles

Ônibus 174 (Bus 174)

Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus)

Macunaíma, de Joaquim Pedro de Andrade

Rio – Carlos Saldanha