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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 | 88 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


Rory Martin - Residential Sustainability Manager @ Frasers Property

With over 10 years’ experience in design, development and sustainability in Australia, Canada, the UK and Vietnam, Rory is responsible for the sustainability agenda and outcomes for Frasers Property Residential business unit. Rory is a registered Architect and holds both an Honours Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Masters of Science in Environmental Design with distinction. Rory’s experience includes large mixed use developments, urban regeneration projects and community projects and he is both an awarded designer and professional. In 2014 he was awarded the Future Green Leader Award by the Green Building Council of Australia for his ardent commitment to sustainable design in the property and construction industry.

Wendy Steele - Associate Professor @ RMIT

Wendy Steele is an Associate Professor in Cities, Sustainability and Planning co-located in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research focuses on cities in a climate of change with an emphasis on the governance and planning of climate justice/security, critical urban infrastructure and human-nature relations.

Andy Fergus - Urban Designer @ City of Melbourne

Andy Fergus is an Urban Designer at the City of Melbourne. Andy currently works on major projects and the development of design policy in central Melbourne in addition to small architectural projects. He brings a strong passion for cities, with an interest in how the design of living environments shapes the vitality and tolerance of urban places. Andy's multi-disciplinary background encompasses urban design, urban planning and architecture, reflecting experience and interest across all scales of the urban environment. With current and past roles in government, not-for-profit, private sector planning and urban design, activism as well as architectural practice Andy brings a strong understanding of both top-down and bottom-up approaches to urbanism.

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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