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The Modernist City : Architecture, Politics and Society in Brasilia - James Holston

The Modernist City

Architecture, Politics and Society in Brasilia

Paperback Published: 1st January 1989
ISBN: 9780226349794
Number Of Pages: 392

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The utopian design and organization of Brasilia--the modernist new capital of Brazil--were meant to transform Brazilian society. In this sophisticated, pioneering study of Brasilia 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.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
The Myth of the Concrete
Premises and Paradoxes Anthropology and Modernism
The Idea of Brasília The Instruments of Change
The Negation of the Negation
Blueprint Utopia Brasília's Pedigree
The Modernist Project
The Plan's Hidden Agenda Plan Mythology The Hidden Agenda Brasília's Development Inversions
The Exemplary Center Niemeyer's Social Architecture Modernism and Modernization
The Counter-Brincadeira
The City Defamiliarized
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 Brasília
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 Façade
The Recovery of History
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
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
The Brazilianization of Brasília The Periphery in Time and Space The Squatter Settlement of Vila Chaparral Center Street, Sobradinho The City Familiarized
Concluding Remarks
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ISBN: 9780226349794
ISBN-10: 0226349799
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st January 1989
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 20.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 2