Brazilian Modernism (3)

Just to complete these posts on attitudes to Brazilian modernism, I was intrigued to read in Richard Williams’s now out-of-print book on Brazilian architecture that Colin Buchanan, the town planner and author of Traffic in Towns, visited Brazil in 1967 and published an article on Brasilia in the RIBA Journal under the title ‘The Moon’s Backside’ (a reference to an apocryphal city described by Jean-Paul Sartre) in which he inveighed against the problems of the newly built city, with raw sewage pouring into newly built apartments and flats looking like prison cells: a dislillusionment with the modern from an arch modernist, which antedates the attacks of the early 1970s.


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