Wednesday, June 16, 2010

July 16- Brasilia

I left Rio, 1 1/2 hour flight to Brasilia. Flying over the coastal area of Brazil was a beautiful mix of mountains and water. If you every fly, do it during the light hours so you can see this. It is amazing.

Brasilia is a planned city. Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, was inaugurated on April 22nd 1960, in the central area of the country. Just five years before, the area resembled a desert, with no people, scarce water, few animals and plants. The city was founded and executed in 3 years and 11 months!

President Juscelino Kubitschek, who became President in 1956, invited the best Brazilian architects to present projects for the new capital. Oscar Niemeyer, today one of the most famous world's architects, combined straight and rounded shapes to create innovative architectural masterpieces. Lucio Costa, reknowned Brazilian urbanist, devised a lay-out combining beauty, simplicity and functionality.

I have not seen much of the city as a I arrived later in the day but maybe between my meetings tomorrow I will see a bit more!

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