In addition to goals, flopping, and shoulder chewing, 2014's FIFA World Cup is introducing a worldwide audience to some unfamiliar Brazilian cities. Everyone, I guess, has a mental image of Rio de Janeiro -- the beaches, at least, or that spectacular view of the Christ the Redeemer statue towering over the city. But how many of us know anything Porto Alegre or Cuiaba?
We now know they have soccer stadiums, but I thought it would be interesting to look beyond the sports field at urban development and innovation -- if any.
Click the image below to start the trip.
Anyone who can name two cities in Brazil is probably going to name São Paulo right after Rio. It counts itself a "global city" -- it's almost twice the size of Rio by population -- and was ranked by Future Cities contributor Boyd Cohen just two years ago as one of the strong "runners up" for the world's Top 10 Smart Cities list.
(Source: André Deak)
— Kim Davis , Editor-in-Chief, UBM Future Cities