Architecture as Civil Commitment: Lucio Costa's Modernist Project for Brazil

1st Edition

Gaia Piccarolo

November 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781409454625 - CAT# Y241560
Series: Ashgate Studies in Architecture


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Architecture as Civil Commitment analyzes the many ways in which Costa shaped the discourse of Brazilian modern architecture, tracing the roots, developments, and counter-marches of a singular form of engagement that programmatically chose to act by cultural means rather than by political ones.

Split into five chapters, the book addresses specific case-studies of Costa’s professional activity, pointing at his multiples role in the Brazilian federal government and focusing on passages of his work that are much less known outside of Brazil, such as his role inside Estado Novo bureaucracy, his leadership at SPHAN, and his participation at UNESCO’s headquarter project, all the way to the design of Brasilia. 

Digging deep into the original documents, the book crafts a powerful historical reconstruction that gives the international readership a detailed picture of one of the most fascinating architects of the 20th century, in all his contradictory geniality. An ideal read for those interested in Brazilian modernism, students and scholars of architectural and urban planning history, socio-cultural and political history, and visual arts.

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