The Rome of the 21st Century
April 7, 2011
It’s often said that the city of Brasília was created in a test tube. Built at the geographical midpoint of the nation in the 1950s and 1960s, it’s an open-air museum of modernist architecture. Although some have called the Brazilian capital lifeless and sterile, Alex Flemming disagrees. He says Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture has made it the Rome of the 21st century.