The only city built in the 20th Century to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Brasilia is fascinating, disturbing and intimidating alike:
- Fascinating, as this is a clear proof of the strength of strong political visions and volunteerism. Creating from scratch a new capital city and by doing so creating new models of urbanism is a unique example in History.
- Intimidating at first sight, with its 6 or even 12 lanes city highways shaping the city and linking thematic districts (bank district, hotel district, commercial district…).
- Last but not least, disturbing because anachronic, as Brasilia clearly shows the limits of this urbanism of the 1950s and 1960s solely based on cars. Yes, Brasilia was designed with the clear idea that everyone has or will have a car. Without your own wheels, moving around this city is a major challenge and very limiting.