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Brasilia: Life After Design

  • RMIT Bld 80 445 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Dir. Bart Simpson | Brazil/Canada/UK | 2017 | 78 mins

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As the Federal capital, Brasilia was conceived as a utopian project and constructed in a period from 1956 to 1960 on a previously uninhabited site at the geographic centre Brazil.

Architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa crafted their utopian vision based on modernist principles and organised Brasilia to function as they believed a “rational” city ought to, without any of the messy colonial baggage of the previous capital, Rio de Janeiro. A meditation on living in one of the most planned cities on earth, this documentary looks at how the residents of the visionary, brutalist city of Brasilia seek to connect in today’s Brazil.

Bart Simpson’s film Brasilia: Life After Design is stylishly crafted piece, telling the story of a city in conflict between its environment and its people. A true modernist experiment, Brasilia is considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and so despite population growth, the city plan itself cannot change. Designed for 500,000 people and now the home to over 2.5 million, in order to live there, people need to break the city’s rules.

Part ode, part critique, Simpson’s thoughtful film takes the viewer on a sweetly surreal and slightly melancholic tour of this strange and monumental cityscape.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion: Sustainable design and our urban future.

There are few other films like it. If architecture, design and human interaction piques your interest then this is the film for you.
— Alex Bennett, The Edit

Every feature film at EFFA 2017 will be screening with an Australian short. Bessie Byrne & Otoxo Productions' L'estoc will be screening before this session. When the world goes one way, go the other.

This event is presented by Planning and Environment RMIT Student Society (PERMITSS) and the Victorian Young Planners

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