Pdf on jan 1 1990 david kolb published the modernist city holstonthe modernist city an anthropological critique of brasilia find read and cite all the research you need on researchgate. The utopian design and organization of brasilia the modernist new capital of brazil were meant to transform brazilian society in this sophisticated pioneering study of brasilia from its inception in 1957 to the present james holston analyzes this attempt to change society by building a new kind of city and the ways in which the paradoxes of constructing an imagined future subvert its utopian premises. The modernist city an anthropological critique of brasilia is a book by anthropologist james holston published by the university of chicago press in 1989 the book is a case study of the brazilian capital brasilia as a way to understand the use of modernist principles as the basis for designing a city the title is a reference to the principles of modernism underlying the development of the city. Were talking a hot fire melding of critical urban anthropology and sociological analysis of brazil and its social order and field study aimed at a sort of modernist ethnography combined with a dexterous history of architecture and urban development in the modernist and brazilian traditions
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