Tthe idea and the building of Brasilia as a capital, as well as the celebrations, the criticism and the contradictions that accompanied its development, on to its contemporary meaning. The fascinating tale that starts with the spark of an idea for a project right through to the building of the first contemporary purpose-built capital city
Authorative Italian and Brazilian researchers are still seeking the answer to the motivation behind the decision to build a new capital. From Project to City deals with the designing and building of Brasilia, its architecture and its spaces. From Lucio Costa’s Plano piloto in 1957, to the exceptional events that marked the 40 weeks’ work to the very brief time it took to actually build the city. The documents on this stage are the worksite job sheets, contemporary photos of the architecture under construction, the film “Brasilia, cidade livre” made 1956-57 on the workers’ city, personal reminiscences and sketches by Oscar Niemeyer on this intensive period of teamwork and personal relationships.