SIID (Sheffield Institute for International Development) Cities Research Group, in partnership with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the School of Architecture are delighted to announce the screening of feature length documentary: Brasilia – Life After Design.
Film trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQvJf8nr5xo
Located 2 000 kilometres from the Amazon and 18 hours from Rio, the city of Brasília – the capital of Brazil – is a mythical place: a concrete utopia born out of the desert.
In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Lúcio Costa invented an urban plan and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life. The unabashed goal was to create the space that would birth “the new Brazilian citizen”.
Now the stark beauty of the city acts as a backdrop to isolation, changing values, and the dynamic power and politics of today’s Brazil.
The haunting ambience of Niemeyer and Costa’s dream echoes through the lives of a range of characters, each trying to make their mark in the city of today: Sergio, the stalwart urbanist who defends the city plan but knows it must adapt; Helize, studying to become a federal civil servant – the dream of so many Brazilian students. And Willians, a street vendor by day, who tries to find meaningful connection in a city built to divide.
Brasilia: Life After Design takes us to a city rarely seen by the international viewer: what is it like to live in someone else’s idea?
The film screening will be followed by a short commentary (5 minutes) by Dr Gabriel Silvestre, USP on living in Brasilia and planning Brazilian cities, chaired by Dr Paula Meth, USP who is running the event. Informal drinks will follow at the Red Deer pub.