Sao Paulo

Photo by: Jon Whittle

Far from the madding crowd of the third-largest city on the planet — São Paulo — is the seaside villa of the chic Brazilian designer Ana Maria Vieira Santos. Affording a bird’s-eye view of an azure Atlantic inlet, it is cloaked by the lush forest preserve of the Mata Atlântica.

Photo by: Jon Whittle

Far from being in the shadow of the towering figure of Roberto Burle Marx, São Paulo’s contemporary landscape designers have assumed his prodigious, inventive legacy and moved on. Today, braving a new language that’s altogether global in spirit, they continue to press forward with high-end designs as they engage in a range of 21st-century challenges, from urban regeneration to conservation and historic preservation.

 

GILBERTO ELKIS