Brazilian Challenge Day 84: Brasília

As any good Brazilian should, today we will make a pilgrimage to the country’s capital – Brasília.

I’m very interested to see the capital city as I lived in my own country’s capital for a couple years. What’s unique about Brasilia, as a capital and to Brazil, is that the city was planned. (Yes, planned. The opposite of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.) The principal urban planner was Lúcio Costa, a french architect whose plans won the competition for designing Brasília. The principal architect of the series of Federal buildings, the core of the city, was the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, known for his modern designs. Niemeyer also designed the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

If you are not familiar with Neimeyer, here is bit of a preview of what is ahead in my photos for Day 85.

“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein.”

– Oscar Niemeyer

Até logo, reporting live from Brasília.

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12 Responses to Brazilian Challenge Day 84: Brasília

  1. Meredith says:

    Maybe we could meet up…..

  2. Meredith says:

    At least check out the TV Tower today. There is supposed to be a Water Festival there tonight and tomorrow. Something (kid friendly – I think) to do.

  3. Two Grittips for your consideration.
    :If you end up visiting the “Igrejinha” ( Nossa Senhora de Fatima Church) located at Cls 108 – better known as 108 Sul (Cento e Oito Sul) – then just walk down a bit and have a slice of pizza and a drink of mate in a tiny pizza place called Pizzaria Dom Bosco. There is no seating so be prepared to eat standing. They only offer a house speciality: a pizza consisiting of a melted muzzarella meets wierd tomato sauce concoction, sold in slices. It’s better to ask for a “dupla”: two slices sandwiched together, which gives the pizza greater structural integrity (no pun intended) and makes it easier to handle. It’s also better to get the slices that have just come out of the oven, not a problem due to their large clientele.
    The Pizzaria Dom Bosco has more than one branch; but I think the one near that little church, which you will probably be visiting anyway, is the best by far..
    Here is the address.
    Pizzaria Dom Bosco
    CLS 107 Bloco D Loja 20, ☎ (+55 61) 3443-7579. M-Su 8AM-11PM.
    I also recommend catching a performance at the venue below.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Have fun! I think Brasilia is a really interesting place, and I love the weather there. We are going next weekend, too bad our visits weren’t at the same time! Enjoy!

  5. MHGonçalves says:

    Welcome in Brasilia

    You also can visit the high IQ of 25 South Lake where you will have a panoramic view of Brasilia.
    Near this location also has the Botanical Garden with native vegetation in the Cerrado.
    And one certainly can not stop eating pastry with sugar cane juice in Fair Guara.
    Good ride.

  6. Andrew Francis says:

    And in the contrarian’s corner… 🙂 Organic urban growth has worked for centuries and many great cities around the world were not planned. In fact, city planning is only as good as the plan that is used. As far as Brasilia is concerned, a city where people have to drive everywhere and is therefore, “unwalkable by design”, is not to everyone’s taste.

    Rant aside, enjoy the trip. Whatever you think of the city, it’s definitely worth seeing in person.

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