Cement and Multiculturalism

in Transculturation
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Concrete is generally seen as a material that has obliterated local differences, and made everywhere seem the same. In Latin America, and particularly Brazil, though, a regionally distinctive architecture was developed using the medium of concrete. This essay explores how, in the Brazilian context, concrete was used to signify modernity, and yet in such a way as to resist the processes of globalisation through which modernity was known and manifested. The essay contains a detailed discussion of the cultural implications of concrete in one building in particular, the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo, designed by Vilanova Artigas.


Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America


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