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Lucio Costa: Brasilias Superquadra Fares el-Dahdah

Lucio Costa: Brasilias Superquadra

Fares el-Dahdah

Published February 1st 2005
ISBN : 9783791331577
Paperback
140 pages
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Nearly half a century after his inception, the city of Brasilia, designed by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, and based on Le Corbusiers plans, continues to be one of the worlds most widely debated architectural projects. Envisioned as anMoreNearly half a century after his inception, the city of Brasilia, designed by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, and based on Le Corbusiers plans, continues to be one of the worlds most widely debated architectural projects. Envisioned as an egalitarian, harmonically conceived environment, the city was designed to foster collectivity and integration. Central to this effort was the idea of the Superquadra, large neighborhoods, each with their own schools, shopping, and entertainment complexes. The latest volume in the CASE series, published in collaboration with Harvard Universitys Graduate School of Design, takes a new look at the Superquadra as a Utopian concept, analyzing both its strengths and weaknesses. It features a rare interview with planner Lucio Costa as well as essays exploring the historical and cultural contexts of Brasilia, day-to-day life in the city, and its technical complexities and realities. Rare sketches by Costa as well as stunning historical and contemporary illustrations round out this comprehensive look at the past and future of an important experiment in urban living.