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Modernist City An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia

ISBN-10: 0226349799
ISBN-13: 9780226349794
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Holston
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Description: 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, James Holston analyzes  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/8/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 383
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.278
Language: English

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, 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
Acknowledgments
The Myth of the Concrete
Premises and Paradoxes Anthropology and Modernism
The Idea of Bras�lia The Instruments of Change
The Negation of the Negation
Blueprint Utopia Bras�lia's Pedigree
The Modernist Project
The Plan's Hidden Agenda Plan Mythology The Hidden Agenda Bras�lia'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 Bras�lia
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 Fa�ade
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 Bras�lia The Periphery in Time and Space The Squatter Settlement of Vila Chaparral Center Street, Sobradinho The City Familiarized
Concluding Remarks
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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