- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli (October 15, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847816877
- ISBN-13: 978-0847816873
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,313,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oscar Niemeyer and the Architecture of Brazil Paperback – October 15, 1994
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Niemeyer struggled with what Underwood calls the "Brazilian dilemma," the fact that he sympathized with the poor workingman but designed for and was paid by the wealthy elite. In fact, there really is no dilemma at all. He was a brilliant architectural innovator, but his work contributed next to nothing to the lives of ordinary Brazilians.. He changed forever views on architecture, he breathed life into formal Corbusian structures, but his works never realized his vision of making cities more livable and egalitarian. And the more he tried, the more uncomfortable were his creations. He was forever dependent on the elites and politicos who commissioned his works and bent the rules to get them built. "Modern architectural innovation in Brazil was the stepchild of authoritarian politics and the jeito brasileiro."
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