It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.
While concerns about sex tourists dominate the headlines, the bigger threat for Rio's sex workers may be the local police force.
From soccer-themed public art projects to social unrest, the FIFA tournament is already visible all over the country.
The police department's once-lauded pacification program appears to be unraveling.
Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.
Not all soccer fans can afford a swanky hotel by the beach. Property owners in some of Rio's slums are taking advantage.
Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.
Sanitation workers went on strike during the big event, leaving the streets covered in trash.
Rents are going up in Rio's informal housing communities. What, if anything, should the city do about it?
The timing is pretty awful for Brazil's turn at hosting the 2014 World Cup games this summer.
Expect to see more attention paid to the conditions of prostitutes as Brazil counts down to the World Cup.
Haas and Hahn's next large-scale painting project will tackle the entire Rio de Janeiro favela of Vila Cruzeiro.
New York. Paris. Bacon.
Wind is lifting thousands of tons of desert sand into the air and blowing it over the Atlantic Ocean; this intriguing animation shows where it's headed.
The growing global middle class wants good schools and good governments, and they're letting their leaders know.
A day in the life of Brazil's subway and bus commuters.
This widespread movement has clear echoes in developing megacities everywhere.
North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.
200,000 people took to the streets Monday to oppose political corruption and inferior public services.