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Author Epstein, David G.

Title Brasília, plan and reality : a study of planned and spontaneous urban development / David G. Epstein
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1973]


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 MELB  307.09817 E64B  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Acronyms -- Introduction -- The problem of Brasília : duality or dependence -- Background to Brasília : politics and plans -- The Pilot Plan and the rise of the satellite towns : 1957-1967 -- The spontaneous settlements -- The squatment and labor supply -- Brasília in context
Summary A masterful account of Brasilia, the city of the future, where Brazil's continental destiny was to be fulfilled, where government would be efficient and functional, without the interference of radical students and labor leaders. The building of the city was a gigantic public-works program, reflecting the various ties that existed between the planners on one hand and the contractors and suppliers on the other. Epstein gives a detailed account of the pilot plan and the rise of satellite towns between 1957 and 1967. The planners dreamed of a city that would transcend the frustrations of urban life in the underdeveloped world, but they failed to provide a sector where the actual builders of the dream city would live. Shacktowns soon developed, and have expanded to accommodate migrants--often displaced, landless cultivators--who continue to be attracted to the city. The conclusion Epstein comes to is that urban squatting will remain a prominent feature of Brasilia, a part of a system deeply rooted in local, national, and global structure and ideology. Until there are revolutionary changes in society, squatting and shantytowns will be a fact of life in the underdeveloped world
Notes "A considerably revised version of ... [the author's] doctoral dissertation."
Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 187-197
Subject City planning -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
Housing -- Brazil.
Housing -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
Poor -- Brazil.
Poor -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
Squatter settlements -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
Squatters -- Brazil.
Squatters -- Brazil -- Brasília (Distrito Federal)
Brasília (Distrito Federal, Brazil)
Brasília (Distrito Federal, Brazil) -- Social conditions.
LC no. 72186103
ISBN 0520022033