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.