Maria Elaine Kohlsdorf, Gunter Kohlsdorf and Frederico de Holanda

in Contemporary Urbanism Brazil

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039275 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the history of urbanism in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. It explains that Brasília was born from a plan created by Lucio Costa and chosen in a public competition called Plano Piloto (a pilot or basic master layout plan) for the capital city. The chapter suggests that the history of Brasília is characterized by a worsening of the problems inherent in modernist urbanism and an impoverishment of the city's expressive qualities and its morphological mosaic is characterized by movement that affects the relationships in the polynucleated complex but maintains the location of its center outside the Pilot Plan.

Keywords: urbanism; Brasília; Brazil; Lucia Costa; Plano Piloto; modernism; polynucleated complex

Chapter.  7790 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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