Copan strategy: the wild plan to revamp the ‘coolest building in Latin America’

By Jonathan Watts in São Paulo

Once a crime-ridden mess, Oscar Niemeyer's colossal curving structure has flourished thanks to the efforts of its fabled administrator. But can he push through his last, greatest scheme – the replacement of 72 million tiles?

Imagine covering the area of a city postcode in tiles little larger than thumbnails and you get some idea of the latest, greatest and possibly final challenge facing the fabled administrator of São Paulo's most iconic building.

Affonso Celso Prazeres de Oliveira has managed the colossal Edifício Copan since 1993, turning the once run-down magnet for drug-dealers and prostitutes into what one resident calls “the coolest building in Latin America”.

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