Infinite Span: 90 Years of Brazilian Architecture - pr_144529

Infinite Span: 90 Years of Brazilian Architecture

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In architecture, a span is something to be conquered, a challenge to overcome. For an instance by reducing the number of supports, expanding floor slabs horizontally, tearing into the open air, and shedding more light on the ground floor. But span, or vao in Portuguese, also means a project or an action that ends in failure: something that was done in vain. In Brazil, modernisation was touted as a leap over the country s history, cast as backwardness and, in the case of architecture, over the absence of two traditions: the classical and the artisanal an abysmal jump, in the face of the immense scale of its territory. And a challenge met head-on by an ambitious aesthetic avantgarde, invested in new design and remarkable engineering. Brazil is a country condemned to the modern, said the critic Mario Pedrosa, conceiving this condemnation as liberation from tradition and as a freedome to transform what could be done in vain ( em vao ) in the effective cultural conquest of the free span ( vao livre ). For Brazilian architects, the word vao is almost always a synonym of freedom. This publication assembles representative projects and works of Brazilian architecture made between 1920 and 2018. It will propose crosscutting dialogues between the presented projects and highlight the intersections between architecture, music, literature, cinema, and performing arts. The book is structured in six chronological and thematic modules with titles corresponding to outstanding songs of each period. 400 illustrations

Product code: 9783037785898

ISBN 9783037785898
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H270xW210
No. Of Pages 416
Publisher Lars Muller Publishers
This publication assembles representative projects and works of Brazilian architecture made between 1920 and 2018, among them Oscar Niemeyer, Roberto Burle Marx, PAulo Mendes da Rocha, Sergio Ferro and Lina Bo Bardi.