The Rise of Popular Modernist Architecture in Brazil
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University Press of Florida
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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Modernist architecture is on display in Brazilian cities. It is not a corporate modernism that catches the eye, though the sort of formulaic architecture of glass towers with capital flourishes that dominates American skylines is now a staple of new business zones in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and many other cities. Rather, the modernism...
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I am indebted to many institutions that helped me carry out this research over the last decade. I want to thank the Brazilian CAPES Foundation (1996–2000), the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (1998) and the Institute for the Humanities...
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My motivation to research and write about the dissemination of modernist vocabulary and spatiality in mid-twentieth-century Brazil was born from a misunderstanding. When I first arrived in the United States in 1996, I walked the streets looking...
1. The Time and Place of Architecture’s Popular Modernism
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Brazilian architecture entered the 1950s enjoying worldwide recognition for its quality and ingenuity and closed the decade with what should be its climax: the construction of Brasília (1957–60). In the 1950s, architects’ eyes were all on Brazil (Tinem...
2. Documenting Popular Modernism
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When in 1955 Walter Gropius visited the house of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, which had been completed the previous year in Canoas, he commented that the house was truly beautiful but could not be massproduced. Gropius’s remark...
3. Reasons for Popular Modernism in Brazil
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The transformations in architecture that announced the emergence of modernism began to appear in the final decades of the nineteenth century. Those transformations are intimately related to the idea of modernity, and it is clear that modernity...
4. Problematizing Popular Modernism
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Among the many problems that arise as an outcome of the tumultuous relationship among modernity, modernization, and modernism is the dilemma regarding the very definition of architecture. Many critics search for internal coherence in...
5. Lessons from Popular Modernism
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This chapter presents my conclusions on the phenomenon of Brazilian popular modernism. Beginning with a discussion of what it means to examine Brazilian modern architecture through popular lenses, I proceed by investigating the applicability...
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About the Author
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Page Count: 176
Illustrations: 49 b&w illustrations
Publication Year: 2008