The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia / Edition 1

The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia / Edition 1

by James Holston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226349799

ISBN-13: 9780226349794

Pub. Date: 09/28/1989

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226349794
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Part 1: The Myth of the Concrete
1. Premises and Paradoxes
Anthropology and Modernism
The Idea of Brasília
The Instruments of Change
The Negation of the Negation
2. Blueprint Utopia
Brasília's Pedigree
The Modernist Project
3. 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
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 Brasília
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 Façade
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 Brasília
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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