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New urban forms: the crescents of Bath and Le Corbusier's plan for Rio de Janeiro

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This article considers whether formal references in Le Corbusier's work may be traced to the eigtheenth century crescents of Bath and, in particular, Lansdowne Crescent. By exploring this line, it raises the possibility that in the work he produced for the Latin American context, this arch-modernist planner moved beyond the de-contextualized approach for which he is known and explored the possibility of integrating new urban forms with nature. The article also shows how Le Corbusier's plans for Rio de Janeiro allowed him to become an important formal reference point for successive generations of local architects and planners.

Keywords: Brazil; Le Corbusier; architecture; modernism; urban form

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Faculty of Architecture,Universidade Federal da Bahia, Rua Almirante Barroso, 312/502 ed. Kilimandjaro, Rio VermelhoSalvador,Bahia,CEP. 41950-350, Brazil

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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