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Author Holston, James.

Title The modernist city : an anthropological critique of Brasília / James Holston
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1989


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Description xiv, 369 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: List of Illustrations -- List of Tables -- Acknowledgments -- Part 1: The Myth of the Concrete -- 1. Premises and Paradoxes -- Anthropology and Modernism -- The Idea of Brasi;lia -- The Instruments of Change -- The Negation of the Negation -- 2. Blueprint Utopia -- Brasi;lia's Pedigree -- The Modernist Project -- 3. The Plan's Hidden Agenda -- Plan Mythology -- The Hidden Agenda -- Brasi;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 Brasi;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 Faȧde -- 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 Brasi;lia -- The Periphery in Time and Space -- The Squatter Settlement of Vila Chaparral -- Center Street, Sobradinho -- The City Familiarized -- Concluding Remarks -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary The utopian design and organization of Brasília - the modernist new capital of Brazil - were meant to transform Brazilian society. In this sophisticated, pioneering study of Brasília from its inception in 1957 to the present, the author 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, the author presents a critique of modernism based on a powerfully innovative ethnography of the city. [publisher]
Notes Includes index
Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Yale University
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 349-357
Subject Architecture and society -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
Architecture -- Human factors.
Architecture and society -- Brazil.
Architecture -- Brazil -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture -- Brazil -- 20th century.
Architecture -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal) -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century.
City planning -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
City planning -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
New towns -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
New towns -- Brazil.
Social aspects -- Brazil -- Brasília
Architecture -- Brazil -- 20th century -- Social aspects.
Urban anthropology -- Case studies.
Brasília (Distrito Federal, Brazil) -- Social conditions.
LC no. 89033482
ISBN 0226349780 (alk. paper)
0226349799 (paperback)