The Modernist City: Architecture, Politics and Society in Brasilia
University of Chicago Press
Publication Date :
1 Jan 1989
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.