Place: Brasilia/ Brazil

Type/Subject/Tags: Brazil, City,Urban planning, Charter of Athens,

Architect: Oscar Niemeyer, Urban planner: Lucio Costa


Brasilia was planned from scratch as an ideal city and built on an empty plateau. Niemeyer was the architect and Lucio Costa the urban planner.

The idea was, in Niemeyer’s words, “to build a new capital to bring progress to the interior of Brazil”.

The outcome of this was a city of clean lines, rational planning, and huge spaces.The city was not designed to be walked around, but to travel by motorcar.

The urban planners declined a mixed use of areas. In Brasilia, everything is zoned

“It’s got a place where you go to work. There are places where ambassadors have to sleep, and they are extremely unhappy about that because there isn’t a street life,”


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