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Why the U.S. Is Building a Fantastical Aquarium in Brazil

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Soon enough, Brazil will be able to boast the largest aquarium in South America. When it is completed in 2015, Acquario Ceará, a new public aquarium planned for the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza, will easily be the world's most recognizable aquarium—an architectural statement piece if there ever was one. It may also be the most truly American project in the Western Hemisphere. While the backers of Acquario Ceará are aiming to create a new design symbol for South America, it will be almost entirely a product of North America. 

The U.S. is designing, engineering, constructing, and even financing Acquario Ceará—a design showpiece meant to drive tourism in the state of Ceará after the World Cup. In what has to be a global first, a U.S. federal agency is building a blobitectural marvel on another continent in order to create jobs for small businesses at home. 

It's beautiful. I wonder why they didn't complete it in time for the World Cup.

it is beautiful.

Maybe they didn't gave time to complete it before the World Cup.

maybe it'll help pay for the cost of the world cup!

At the very least it will be available to those who come to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics.

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