Retro Urban Planning Mecca

Photo: Styliane Philippou, from Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence

Brazil’s federal capital is miles from nowhere in Brasilia, a planned city designed largely by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1960.

Read A Vision in Concrete by The Atlantic‘s Benjamin Schwarz for a brief history of “the city is quite correctly regarded as a colossally wrong turn in urban planning.”

Brasilia is one of 12 cities hosting the World Cup games and the only destination where soccer fans will be able to show up on foot: All of Brasilia’s hotels are within a 3-km radius.

More photos in The New York Times‘ 36 Hours in Brasilia.

Oscar Niemeyer, who turned 104 on December 15 and took the occasion to launch the latest edition of his magazine and got a bronze sculpture of breasts for his birthday, is keeping busy overseeing renovations for Rio’s Sambadrome, where the Carnaval parade goes down every year, which he designed back in 1984.

National Congress of Brasil by Oscar Niemeyer

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