Margarida Caldeira, director at international architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, spoke at a green innovation event yesterday, held at the palace of Governor Sr. Geraldo Alckmin in São Paulo. She spoke as the guest of UK Trade & Investment, with the event part of a UK ministerial visit to Brazil, and which involved the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Governor Alckmin.
It was staged to demonstrate green economy solutions, innovation and successful partnerships between the UK and Brazil, with the latter accounting for around five per cent of the total low-carbon market, roughly £84 billion in 2008/09.
Margarida spoke on the practice’s approach to innovation and sustainability, following the opening of the firm’s São Paulo office earlier in the year. She also joined an exclusive pre-event breakfast meeting, which was attended by both Nick Clegg and Governor Alckmin.
Nick Clegg said: “Low carbon opportunities in Brazil are being heavily influenced by the demands placed on renewing infrastructure, particularly as Brazil looks forward to hosting the Football World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”
The practice’s new office in São Paulo enhanced one of the world’s most geographically-spread network of architecture, urbanism and design offices, and provided an additional platform for the practice to export the skills, expertise and experience of its diverse sector expert designers.