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View Poll Results: Rate the skyline
10 67 19.88%
9.5 14 4.15%
9 20 5.93%
8.5 11 3.26%
8 26 7.72%
7.5 14 4.15%
7 33 9.79%
6.5 21 6.23%
6 31 9.20%
5.5 7 2.08%
5 22 6.53%
4.5 10 2.97%
4 19 5.64%
3.5 6 1.78%
3 or less 36 10.68%
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Old February 1st, 2013, 03:28 AM   #201
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To think that Brasilia was built from scratch in the 50's to a city of over 3 million today amazes me. I think Shenzhen can only rival that. It certainly is well planned, in fact i think it's too well planned for my liking for a modern city. The skyline itself is pretty average. 6/10
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Old February 1st, 2013, 04:37 AM   #202
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Love the capital city of our Brazilian Federation. Amazing city! A lot of green spaces and very appropriate for a Federal District. Proud of it!

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Brasília is the most amazing city in Brazil. The population is about 2,6 millions and 3,7 millions in the metropolitan area. Look at the best skyline in Brazil:



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Old February 9th, 2013, 01:31 AM   #203
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Old February 9th, 2013, 03:02 AM   #204
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Old February 13th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #205
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Old February 13th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #206
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Old February 15th, 2013, 03:51 AM   #207
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Old February 17th, 2013, 12:27 AM   #208
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Old March 9th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #209
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Old March 10th, 2013, 07:52 PM   #210
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It doesn't look like a thriving city. It seems like it's just another administrative center like Canberra, Abuja, that doesn't feel lively. The skyline is indicative of a 500k city, not one with 3 million+. But I'm in favor of the capital returning to Rio so I'm definitely biased
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That will never happen! Brasilia is the perfect place to be the capital of Brazil, is organized, clean, green, and is still closer to the north and northeast of the country, it's very thriving (HDI: 0,911/GDP per capta: US$ 33,000) is one of the most developed cities in Latin America.

The skyline could be better in the Plano Piloto (administrative center of the city and Brazil), but it is protected by UNESCO and any building with more than 100 meters cannot be built. I'll post photos of some suburbs of Brasilia, where there is more density.

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Old March 11th, 2013, 10:15 PM   #212
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I don't know. This to me doesn't look like a thriving city. Where's the density? I see empty plots of grass but few parks. I see what looks to be like a developing skyline but all those highrises have ridiculous gaps between them. The architecture looks homogenous and monotonous and I'm actually shocked it has 3 million+. It looks like it has 500k at most. Rio de Janeiro on the other hand has the setting, the density, the history, the natural beauty, the vibrancy, the shopping, the arts, the brand, the culture, everything. It's the greatest city in South America so I think moving the capital to a glorified provincial town like Brasilia is a disservice to Brazil. It's like Canberra. Half the workers in Canberra flee to Sydney every weekend because Canberra's so boring! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21715754

And it's not even centralized. Centralized would be Northeast Mato Grosso (not that it matters). I think Brazil having a centralized capital is dumb since there's no aggressive nations and the population is centralized on the coast. Moving the capital to Brasilia has barely moved the population center inland. If anything, the capital being in Brasilia leads to deforestation because forests are being cut down to settle interior lands for no reason. Move it back to Rio! or Sao Paulo! Even Salvador! Belem, Manaus, i don't care. Just not Brasilia. Not a fan of Niemeyer at all...
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Lúcio Costa planned Brasilia, not Niemeyer. Regarding the city be boring or not is a matter of opinion. Regarding culture Brasília is really far from the most significant city in the country. But Brasília took out a centering in the South and Southeast that persisted since the days of the Empire of Brazil, and bring population, development and stimulated border protection and increased agricultural activity.

Brasília has 2.6 million inhabitants (3.5 metro area), but spread over 1,000 km ², so many suburbs are very distant from the Pilot Plan.

Here some pictures Administrative Region of Águas Claras:

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Old March 12th, 2013, 08:04 PM   #214
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I don't know. This to me doesn't look like a thriving city. Where's the density? I see empty plots of grass but few parks. I see what looks to be like a developing skyline but all those highrises have ridiculous gaps between them. The architecture looks homogenous and monotonous and I'm actually shocked it has 3 million+. It looks like it has 500k at most. Rio de Janeiro on the other hand has the setting, the density, the history, the natural beauty, the vibrancy, the shopping, the arts, the brand, the culture, everything. It's the greatest city in South America so I think moving the capital to a glorified provincial town like Brasilia is a disservice to Brazil. It's like Canberra. Half the workers in Canberra flee to Sydney every weekend because Canberra's so boring! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21715754

And it's not even centralized. Centralized would be Northeast Mato Grosso (not that it matters). I think Brazil having a centralized capital is dumb since there's no aggressive nations and the population is centralized on the coast. Moving the capital to Brasilia has barely moved the population center inland. If anything, the capital being in Brasilia leads to deforestation because forests are being cut down to settle interior lands for no reason. Move it back to Rio! or Sao Paulo! Even Salvador! Belem, Manaus, i don't care. Just not Brasilia. Not a fan of Niemeyer at all...
Sorry mate, if you are ignorant about the city or history of Brazil, or social, demographic caracteristics of the country, it's totally fine, but showing your ignorance based on a dozen pics of an internet forum in the internet that vaguely shows the reality of the city is not. An advice for you is you'd better keep your lack of knowledge to yourself. I won't even argue some stupid things you said because it simply isn't worth it, just typical mediocrity of the internet.

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Old March 12th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #215
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I don't know. This to me doesn't look like a thriving city. Where's the density? I see empty plots of grass but few parks. I see what looks to be like a developing skyline but all those highrises have ridiculous gaps between them. The architecture looks homogenous and monotonous and I'm actually shocked it has 3 million+. It looks like it has 500k at most. Rio de Janeiro on the other hand has the setting, the density, the history, the natural beauty, the vibrancy, the shopping, the arts, the brand, the culture, everything. It's the greatest city in South America so I think moving the capital to a glorified provincial town like Brasilia is a disservice to Brazil. It's like Canberra. Half the workers in Canberra flee to Sydney every weekend because Canberra's so boring! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21715754

And it's not even centralized. Centralized would be Northeast Mato Grosso (not that it matters). I think Brazil having a centralized capital is dumb since there's no aggressive nations and the population is centralized on the coast. Moving the capital to Brasilia has barely moved the population center inland. If anything, the capital being in Brasilia leads to deforestation because forests are being cut down to settle interior lands for no reason. Move it back to Rio! or Sao Paulo! Even Salvador! Belem, Manaus, i don't care. Just not Brasilia. Not a fan of Niemeyer at all...
That's the problem with people who criticize without any prior research on the subject. It may not look like a thriving city because it's lack of density, but thats an impression. The layout of the city, based on modernist ideals, was designed specifically with low density in mind. As the creator of Brasília Lucio Costa stated, the city was meant to be a city-park, with isolated buildings surrounded by greenery (have you ever heard of the Athens Chart)? This explains the 'ridiculous gaps between them'. It was designed to be like that.


If the monumental axis is way over human scale, the residential areas are wonderful places to live in. The city is the park.

You say you see few parks, but the city has a urban park which is larger than Central Park, (over 1000 acres). You should judge the city by facts, not what you see in a few pictures. Of course, as in most cities, the quality of the architecture varies a lot, but it should be noted that the residential areas have some elegant examples of modernist architecture (what was built in the 60s is actually much more interesting than the taller latter buildings).

The least informed bit of your comment is still the second paragraph. One of the reasons Brasília was built in the first place was to interiorise the country, with its uneven population distribution. And what about deforestation?? Brasília was built in the central plateau of Brazil, a gigantic savana (called Cerrado), wit small shrubs as vegetation. Brasília is very far from the amazon or a significant forest.

And I'm sorry you are not a fan of Niemeyer. His monumental work in Brasília is the most relevant example of state representation through modern architecture in the 20th century. He succeded in defining both our culture and the spirit of his time in the column of the Alvorada Palace, something no other architect in the past century managed to do.


If this is not good architecture, then what is?

Of course most people know nothing about Niemeyer's architecture prior to Brasília. If his monumental work is great and recognised, his smaller scale works can be even better, though less famous. He rose to the international scene through the Brazilian Style he developed, so human in scale and hedonistic in spirit. Check his work from the 1940's and 1950's and you'll see why he's regarded as one of the luminaries of modernism
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Old March 14th, 2013, 10:36 PM   #216
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Monotonous skyline, lack of density and height. 5.5
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Again, all on purpose. In fact, the design of Brasília does not produce the skyline which is appreciated around here, but it should be noted that, as I explained in my post above, that this is no indication of the city's success.
Brasília is unique. While you have so many crowded skilines with high rises around the world, you can't find such an opened (inside-out) city anywhere else.
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