Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781861894007 Published March 2009 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.


Modern Architectures in History

Richard J. Williams


Richard J. Williams

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288 pages | 190 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 2/3
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781861894007 Published March 2009 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $29.95 ISBN: 9781861896957 Published March 2009
Set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty, Brazil’s striking modernist architecture has long garnered international acclaim. But these well-known works are not fully reflective of the built environment of Brazil, and with this volume, Richard Williams unearths the rich architectural heritage of Brazil.

Spanning from 1945 through today, the book examines Brazilian architecture beyond the works of renowned architects such as Oscar Niemeyer and the “Carioca” architects of Rio de Janeiro. Williams investigates issues such as the use of historic architecture, the importance of leisure and luxury, the role of the favela as a backdrop and inspiration for development, and the rapid growth of cities. From the designated world heritage site of Brasilia—a capital city that was planned from the ground up—to the installation work of artists such as Hélio Oiticica, Brazil delves into the origins and far-reaching influence of Brazil’s architectural modernism.

At a moment when Latin America is of increasing importance in global business and culture, Brazilwill be an essential read for all scholars of architecture and Latin American history.
The Politics of the Past
The Politics of Eros
Brasilia, or the Politics of Progress
The Aesthetics of Poverty
The Politics of Liberation
The Politics of Spectacle
The Politics of Public Space
Brazil’s Legacies
Select Bibliography
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Ruth Verde Zein, School of Architecture and Urban Design, Mackenzie University, São Paulo.

"With this unbiased though not dispassionate history covering the 1930s to the present, Richard Williams considers Brazilian architecture’s modernity within an expanded framework of Brazil’s cultural and political movements. In this way, he breaks through the frozen narratives of Brazilian history, questioning canonical definitions of modernity, and taking into account the complexities of this vast country. Brazil is a hugely welcome, refreshing and penetrating book."

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