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The utopian design and organization of Brasand#237;liaand#8212;the modernist new capital of Braziland#8212;were meant to transform Brazilian society. In this sophisticated, pioneering study of Brasand#237;lia from its inception in 1957 to the present, James Holston analyzes this attempt to change society by building a new kind of city and the ways in which the paradoxes of constructing an imagined future subvert its utopian premises. Integrating anthropology with methods of analysis from architecture, urban studies, social history, and critical theory, Holston presents a critique of modernism based on a powerfully innovative ethnography of the city.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Part 1: The Myth of the Concrete

1. Premises and Paradoxes

Anthropology and Modernism

The Idea of Brasand#237;lia

The Instruments of Change

The Negation of the Negation

2. Blueprint Utopia

Brasand#237;lia's Pedigree

The Modernist Project

3. The Plan's Hidden Agenda

Plan Mythology

The Hidden Agenda

Brasand#237;lia's Development Inversions

The Exemplary Center

Niemeyer's Social Architecture

Modernism and Modernization

The Counter-Brincadeira

Part 2: The City Defamiliarized

4. The Death of the Street

The Architectural Context of Street Life

The Solid-Void/Figure-Ground Convention

The Street in Ouro Preto: Private Property and Public Display

The Modernist Inversion

Transforming Civic Discourse: The New Public of Brasand#237;lia

5. Typologies of Order, Work, and Residence

Zoning the City: A Typology of Form and Function

The Monumental Work Sectors

The Superquadra Solution

The Apartment Plan

The Apartment Faand#231;ade

Part 3: The Recovery of History

6. Rights to the City

Populating an Idea: Differential Incorporation

The Recruitment of Pioneers

Discourses of Participation: Reinventing the Nation

The Labor Market

Recruitment

Rights, Privledges, and Powers

From Interests to Actions

7. Cities of Rebellion

The Illegal Periphery

The Legal Periphery

Political-Administrative Organization: The Climate of Tranquility

Space and Society: An Absolute Predominance of Public Servants

8. The Brazilianization of Brasand#237;lia

The Periphery in Time and Space

The Squatter Settlement of Vila Chaparral

Center Street, Sobradinho

The City Familiarized

Concluding Remarks

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226349794
Author:
Holston, James
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Architecture, modern
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
New towns
Subject:
Urban anthropology
Subject:
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Social aspects -- Brazil -- Brasilia.
Subject:
Arquitectura moderna
Subject:
Brasâilia
Subject:
Planificaciâon urbana
Subject:
Antropologâia urbana
Subject:
Architecture -- Human factors.
Subject:
New towns -- Brazil -- Brasilia.
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 93
Publication Date:
19890931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrations, 17 tables, 8 maps
Pages:
383
Dimensions:
9.38 x 6.63 in

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