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Lucio Costa: Tradition in the Architecture of Modern Brazil

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This article analyses the role of modern architecture in building national identities in places out of the European and North American contexts. This association of modern architecture and local traditions had a pivotal role in the consolidation of Brazilian modern identity. Lucio Costa played a major role in the embracing of the modern architecture in Brazil. Throughout his architectural practice, he also engaged in a lifetime investigation of colonial architecture, the principles of which, he claimed, could be incorporated into modern architecture. The first section will provide a brief overview of the Brazilian context in the 1930s, while the second section will study Costa's major ideas. The third section will focus on two of his buildings, Parque Guinle and Saavedra House, where this bridge between modernity and tradition is especially evident.

Keywords: Brazilian Architecture; Costa Lucio; Modern Architecture

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2006

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