Rio's Carnaval: An Allegory of the City: As finalists for this year’s Wheelwright Prize gathered at the Harvar...

Rio's Carnaval: An Allegory of the City: As finalists for this year’s Wheelwright Prize gathered at the Harvar...

Parading floats at the Sambadrome / AP As finalists for this year’s Wheelwright Prize gathered at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) to present their research, Gia Wolff , the inaugural winner of the $100,000 traveling fellowship, returned after two years of funded research to give a lecture. The Brooklyn-based architect and GSD alumna won the prize for Floating City: The Community-based Architecture of Parade Floats. Her talk recast the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro , Brazil, as an allegory of the city itself. When Wolff began her research, she knew very little about carnival traditions, or the infrastructure, culture, and community behind the spectacle. She learned that mapping a float’s route through the streets of Mangueira by drawing a set of precise arrows on an aerial photo wasn’t helping her figure things out. Carnival “is off the map”. In t...

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