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Brazil: Modern Architectures in History - Richard J. Williams From the :in the 1950s, it was the site of the construction of a new capital – a central episode in this book – an act that realized a long-held desire to unify the nation and open up commercial development of the country’s supposed vast mineral wealth. For the foreign visitor, Brazil was for centuries an emptiness that was known to exist, but about which almost nothing could be verified. It could be imaginatively filled with the fears and desires repressed from bourgeois European civilization:sexual licence, nudity, violence, lawlessness, tropical disease,shamanist magic and dangerous animals. Le Corbusier, plan for Rio de Janeiro, 1929.During the twentieth century Brazil passed through two periods of dictatorship:The first was the relatively benign, technocratic, modernizing EstadoNovo (New State) under Getúlio Vargas (1930–45). Adapting imageryand ideas from Italian fascism, this was a period of nationalism andmodernization, but not especially of political repression. The second period was military rule from 1964 to 1985, which had an entirely different character. This was first of all a state of emergency brought about by a coup.Tanks in Rio de Janeiro, the day after the 1964 coup. A map with Brasília commanding the centre. Ouro Prêto is probably pre-eminent in that it represents the most intact, and therefore immersive, colonial environment in Brazil.Modernism v Colonialism. I'm a sucker for the latter.Stefan Zweig - Land of the FutureArthur Conan Doyle - The Lost WorldClaude Lévi-StraussCândido Portinari, painterRoberto Burle Marx, landscape architectCharles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, aka Le Corbusier, architectOscar Niemeyer, architectANDany excuse to have some fun