The Gainesville chapter of the American Institute of Architects is generously partnering with our cinema to help show films that will illuminate everyone on the importance of architectural design, and its relevance to our everyday lives. Our first film is Brasília: Life After Design, which is described below:
Located 2 000 kilometres from the Amazon and 18 hours from Rio, the city of Brasília – the capital of Brazil – is a mythical place: a concrete utopia born out of the desert. In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Luìcio Costa invented an urban plan and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life. The unabashed goal was to create the space that would birth “the new Brazilian citizen”. Now the stark beauty of the city acts as a backdrop to isolation, changing values, and the dynamic power and politics of today’s Brazil.
The haunting ambience of Niemeyer and Costa’s dream echoes through the lives of a range of characters, each trying to make their mark in the city of today: Sergio, the stalwart urbanist who defends the city plan but knows it must adapt; Helize, studying to become a federal civil servant – the dream of so many Brazilian students. And Willians, a street vendor by day, who tries to find meaningful connection in a city built to divide.
Brasilia: Life After Design takes us to a city rarely seen by the international viewer: what is it like to live in someone else’s idea?
Before this film we are going to show a submission for the the fifth annual AIA Film Challenge, which allow local architects to tell the stories of the projects they’ve done in partnership with local civic leaders and the community. The theme this year focuses on resilience, sustainability, affordable housing. The submission is titled Designed to Last: Blueprint for a Better Home.