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Thursday24 July 2014

Columbia University opens architecture outpost in Rio

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New York architecture school expands global research project

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation has launched an outpost in Rio de Janeiro to expand its research into the future of cities.

Studio-X Rio, to be headed up by Brazilian architect Pedro Rivera, joins the university’s sister projects in Amman, Jordan, Beijing, Moscow, Mumbai and New York.

It was launched by Mark Wigley, dean of the New York-based architecture school, who flew to the Brazilian city with key faculty members earlier this month.

Wigley said: “Studio-X is the first genuinely global network for thinking about the future of cities. It is the first truly global network for real-time exchange of projects, people, and ideas between regional leadership cities in which the best minds from Columbia University can think together with the best minds in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.”

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