Through art I'm fortunate to participate in many of Brazil's social sectors, giving me a perspective on how the country seems to exist simultaneously in parallel universes that barely recognize each other's fears and concerns, let alone hopes and aspirations.
Brazil's most famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer, died this month at the age of 104. But his eye-catching, visionary works will live on. Here, a few of my favorite must-see destinations for fans of Niemayer's modernist style.
Brazil faces incredible odds as it seeks to join the more affluent developed nations. Rousseff will promote greater infrastructure sorely needed given the lack of basic sanitation many areas of the country.