Video: Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Bauhaus in Urban Planning

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Video: Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Bauhaus in Urban Planning

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It should be mentioned that Brasilia was a collaborative effort. Oscar Niemeyer was the principal architect, but it was Lucio Costa who was in charge of city planning, and Roberto Burle Marx in charge of landscaping. (Burle Marx is the one who deserves much more attention than he has received to date outside Brazil.)

While Niemeyer's architecture is interesting, Costa's city planning proved that Corbu's approach to the same subject was flawed, to say the least. Brazilians were reluctant to move to the new capital when it was first built, but it was defined as the seat of government, so its growth was guaranteed. Juscelino Kubitschek, a communist at heart, was president in the 50s, and forced the construction of the city, putting it on a fast track to ensure its commitment was irreversible by the time his term ended. In the short term, the rush to complete resulted in sloppy work and unfinished buildings, such as the cathedral.
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A fourth approach to city planning is in the book "Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century, Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier." Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928) is the one missing from most studies of urbanism. He was the inventor of the Garden City Movement, which actually accounts for many projects throughout the world. It was more of a concept than a dictated recipe.

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