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BRAZIL'S MODERN ARCHITECTURE
Elisabetta Andreoli & Adrian Forty eds.

Phaidon Press, 2005
Softcover
240 pages
200 colour, 130 b+w illustrations, 60 line drawings.
ISBN: 9780714848457

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In cultural terms, Brazil is famous for its music and its architecture. As the largest and richest country in Latin America, Brazil is set apart from the others by its language, and by the ethnic diversity of its population, all of which contribute to its cultural distinctiveness. Yet, the architecture of twentieth-century Brazil is all too often represented by the work of one man (Oscar Niemeyer) or by two cities (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo).

This book is a study of Brazilian architecture in the twentieth-century, from the first modern houses of the 1920s and Le Corbusier's seminal visits to the country, through the well-known 'heroic' period of the 1940s-1950s and its crisis post-1964 up to contemporary developments. Edited and introduced by Elisabetta Andreoli and Adrian Forty, a major theme of the book is to show continuities between the more recent work and that of the high-modernist era of the mid-century. Five Brazilian writers contribute essays that provide a thorough study of modernist architecture and beyond in Brazil, and examine the works from the 'inside', explaining the social, cultural and political context that is so crucial to understanding the architecture.

 

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