BRASÍLIA 50 ANOS | Visions of the Future :: Oscar Niemeyer + His Non-City of the Future

I was reading the Financial Times this morning when I came across this rather provocative statement by the master architect of Brasília, Oscar Niemeyer.

As someone who believes that, 50 years later, Brasília is still the City of the Future (with modifications, perhaps), I must disagree with the maestro’s words. Brasília may have been a noble failure, but it still has the finest collection of mid-century modern buildings in the world. This, in itself, is a significant achievement.

Here’s to life! Here’s to Brasil! Here’s to Brasília!

Esplanada dos Ministérios em construção. Brasília, 1958. Foto > Marcel Gautherot/IMS

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