Upcoming show featuring works by Vincent Fournier at Cuturi Gallery Singapore, 61 Aliwal Street Nov 14th – Dec 6th…
Tag Archives: BR – Brasilia
60 Years Ago, The Modernist City of Brasília Was Built From Scratch; Stefanie Waldek; Architectural Digest
The Brazilian capital is a case study in urban planning, full of triumphs and shortcomings…
Know before you go.
Source: 11 Iconic Buildings in Brazil
To build an entire capital city from scratch in just four years would be impressive enough. For it to turn out so captivatingly beautiful is next-level genius.
On April 21, 1960, Brazil inaugurated to great fanfare its new capital Brasilia, a futuristic city created out of nothing and boasting many architectural masterpieces. A landmark in the history of town planning, it had sprung up in less than four years on an empty plateau that is often mistaken for desert in Brazil’s central west region.
Brasilia is reconciling its historic identity with the realities of contemporary life.
Brasília is the capital city of Brazil. The city and its District are located in the Central-West region of the country, along a plateau known as Planalto Central. It has a population of about…
Oscar Niemeyer was integral to the country moving its capital to Brasília, a city that he designed and eventually became a UNESCO World Heritage Site…
‘Brasilia: Life After Design’ Shows The Real-Life Impact Of Planning And Architecture; Sophie Killip; Design Curial
A documentary that follows three individuals who live in modern-day Brasilia, ‘Brasilia: Life after Design’ brings a human face to a Utopian ideal. Ahead of its London premiere, we spoke to director Bart Simpson to find out more.
The London premiere of Brasilia: Life after Design will take place at the East End Film Festival in London, on Thursday 26th of April. Ahead of its general release in selected UK cinemas in May, the premiere will offer viewers a unique opportunity; they will be able to watch the film and a special panel discussion, before having their questions answered by the film’s director, Bart Simpson, and producer, Aimara Reques.
Brasilia has been on the international festival circuit since its world premiere at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival in 2017 – and has been very well received. The film offers a “meditative look at what it’s like to live in someone else’s idea”, focusing on the capital city of Brasil, Brasilia.
An 18-hour drive from Rio, and 2,000 kilometres from the Amazon rainforest, the city of Brasilia is a concrete city that was envisioned as a ‘utopia’.
The human world continues to evolve and as population increases, there is a dire need for more space. Here is a list of five modern, purpose-built cities that have also sparked debates around public interest:
Astana – Often dubbed the world’s weirdest capital, the Kazakh capital was moved here in 1997. The urban plan was drawn up by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, and the city is known for its futuristic buildings.
Brasilia – Arguably the most famous planned city in the world, it was founded in 1960. It is distinguished by its modern architecture, chiefly designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Yet the city is dogged by an inadequate mass transportation system, segregation, and neglected public spaces.
Canberra – The site for the capital was chosen as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. Construction began in 1913 but was beset by delays, and the Commonwealth parliament moved to Canberra in 1927. Despite its high standard of living, the city is little known overseas and little loved even within Australia.
Naypyidaw – The capital of Myanmar was moved from Yangon to the centre of the country in 2005.
Read more from source: Five modern cities built from scratch
In 1956 the newly elected president of Brazil, Juscelino Kubitschek, spoke with the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer: “I am going to build a new capital for this country and I want you to help me,” he said. With that, Oscar Niemeyer became the planner and chief architect of Brazil’s new capital. In April of 1960, Brasilia, the purpose-built modernist city in the middle of the highland jungles of Brazil, became the country’s capital. More than 25 of the monumental and government buildings in Brasilia were ultimately designed by Oscar Niemeyer. UNESCO made Brasilia a World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its modernist architecture and premeditated urban planning. Here’s our grand tour of Oscar Niemeyer modernist architecture in Brasilia.
Modernist Architecture of Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia, Brazil
While a B-list often connotes adjectives like ‘substandard’ or ‘subpar,’ one can always consider the notion as a gesture of defiance against popular opinion. Hence, the B-list for Western travelers may point the direction at South America – a region that is often misunderstood by the mainstream perspective. A literal take on one’s B-list is not a bad idea when choosing a Latin American destination. Here are the top 3 capitals worth exploring:
Tourists who travel to Colombia stop by at Bogota, but oftentimes they rarely leave for another city. Those who visit Bogota never fail to notice the charm of a high-altitude municipality whose infrastructure is highly reminiscent of its Spanish heritage. Bogota resembles the archaic layout of old Spanish and Italian cities, though it fosters a less boisterous atmosphere.