Brasilia: Modernist disaster or deceptively brilliant?



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Brasilia, Brazil’s planned capital city, is a product of the 1950s, with its dedication to car use and modern architecture. It also has some surprisingly complex ideas about how to live in a 20th century city.

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Resources on this topic:

Book: The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia by James Holston, 1989 (page 14 – 22)
The Spirit of Brasilia Modernity as Experiment and Risk by James Holston, 2001: https://escholarship.org/content/qt19f6030g/qt19f6030g.pdf
Workplace travel in Brasilia organizations : factors that influences employees to practice sustainable mobility, 2020. https://repositorio.unb.br/handle/10482/38859
Great Streets by Allan Jacobs, 1995
A Study of Brasilia: From Master Plan to Implementation by Paulo de Melo Zimbres, 1974 (Thesis Paper)
The Evolution of Urban Spatial Structure in Brasília: Focusing on the Role of Urban Development Policies, 2019: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/2/553
(Ir)regularities: Patterns of Urban Growth in Brasilia’s Satellite Cities – The Case of Sabradinho II, 2020
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Co-authored by Hannah Woolsey.
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Produced by Dave Amos and the fine folks at Nebula Studios.
Co-authored by Hannah Woolsey.
Select images and video from Getty Images.
Black Lives Matter.

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