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May 2009

Rio De Janiero, Expert Charrette Framing the World Heritage Nomination
Patricia M. O'Donnell, FASLA, AICP, Heritage Landscapes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Patricia O'Donnell worked with respected colleagues Michael Turner, ICOMOS Israel and Katri Litzin, Sweden, ICCROM and IPHAN the Brazil Culture Ministry, to develop a viable approach to a cultural landscape World Heritage Nomination for the city of Rio de Janiero. A five-day intensive effort in the inspirational setting of the modernist treasure ministry complex, with rooftop and plaza by Roberto Burle Marx, the team developed a nomination focusing on the distinctive massifs, bay, Copacabana beach, Flamengo Park (both Burle Marx works) and the Tijuca Forest and adjacent Botanical Garden as the iconic elements of this universally valued city. Earliest images of the city show the unquie geology of bay and massifs and the layers of time have added richness to this landscape of identity, including Burle Marx's master works.The bright city between the bay and mountains is within the buffer zone. The nomination, titled "Rio De Janiero Carioca Landscapes between the Land and Sea" was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2012.

Patricia O'Donnell with team memers at the Botanical Garden. 

The team working together to accomplish goals. 

A sketch conceived at the team work sessions.