Frederick Bernas

Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.

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“We are an architecture studio, and we’re not an architecture studio,” says Santiago Vaca Guzman, a founding partner of Oficios Asociados (Associated Trades) in Buenos Aires. Gathered in a bright warehouse where the firm’s new nerve center is currently under construction, Vaca Guzman and his two partners feel equally...

Every Sunday, the Minhocão elevated highway in São Paulo is closed to traffic, reclaimed by the people whose vehicles it serves. Landscape architect Guil Blanche is regularly among the throngs of pedestrians who stroll through the raw cityscape: The highway almost seems to bisect buildings themselves, with windows and...

Nestled among mighty mountains in the captivating Uco Valley, the Zuccardi family’s newest wine production center could easily be mistaken for the set of a space warrior movie or a new-age place of worship. Instead, it’s a temple dedicated to the rituals of making and drinking wine—created by a group of devout...

Baroque palaces, brutalist office blocks, artist studios and contemporary residences of all kinds were among 106 buildings that welcomed curious visitors to the fifth edition of the Open House architecture festival in Buenos Aires. Over the weekend of October 28-29, the eclectic event counted a record attendance of...

When the Palace Hotel in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil was acquired by Fera Investments in 2011 with the intention of restoring the iconic Art Deco architecture to its former glory, the developers may not have realized the scale of their task. Last year, the restoration was finally complete—672 pillars, 471 windows, 317...

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Behind a factory façade decorated with colorful creations, the auditorium at National Sawdust is even more striking. Intersecting black lines on the white walls, floor and ceiling break up a symmetrical space to generate the illusion of irregularity. “In any major city, a post-industrial arts space is very...

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Among many attractions at the London Design Fair, the renowned Japanese firm Takram held a presentation about the secrets of radical innovation and showcased several projects at an interactive exhibition. The company’s director, Kotaro Watanabe, began the talk by describing how his team employs “pendulum thinking” to...

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On the eve before the London Design Festival kicked off, guests entered the Molteni&C Dada flagship store on Shaftesbury Avenue for a discussion on “How design is communicated,” led by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, and the journalist Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen. A former reporter...

With more than 200 global brands spread around four exhibition spaces—including a square with eight life-size red monopoly houses—it’s hard to believe that designjunction was just one segment of the 2016 London Design Festival, which ran from September 17-25. “We wanted to break the mold of a traditional trade show,”...

Regarded as a leading authority in Brazil, Yopanan Rebello has written numerous books on structural engineering during more than 40 years in the field. In 1992 he opened São Paulo’s YCON Engenharia studio, where he serves as technical director and teaches a variety of engineering and construction courses. Rebello...

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