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Presentation

1st TOPOS International Seminar

Landscapes of Power: Reconsidering the Twentieth Century Capital Cities

The twentieth century witnessed an ambitious range of planning projects for new town capital cities around the world. While these projects were motivated by very different political, economic, and geographic conditions, many of them shared an enthusiasm for landscape as a medium of urbanism. Given the well documented and generally accepted flaws of modern planning, many of these projects have been received as failures in social, environmental, and cultural terms.

 

The 1st Seminar Topos - Landscape of Power: Reconsidering the Twentieth Century Capital Cities proposes cross disciplinary discussion into the historical claims, present status, and future potential of these modern capitals through their reconsideration around theory and practice. By presenting a range of lenses that include urbanism, architecture, ecology, and social engagement, this symposium will provide a space for imagining future possibilities of contemporary urbanism, and the role of equity in design.

 

TOPOS - Landscape, Design and Planning (University of Brasília) invites you to participate in the event, scheduled to take place in 22nd, 23rd and 24th of June, 2022, in a 100% online format.

Schedule

Schedule of Events (Brasilia time zone)

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

Opening Keynote - 2 pm - 4 pm

Prof. Dr. Álvaro Domingues - University of Porto, Portugal

 

Evening Session - 5pm

Cinema Session

"A rua da estrada", Graça Castanheira, 2012, 35’

"Brasília ano 10", Geraldo Sobral da Rocha, 1970, 11’

​Thursday , June 23rd, 2022

1st Thematic Session - 9 am - 12 am

Canberra, Australia

From Federal Capital to Metropolitan City:

Prospect, Power and Paradigm in the Making of Canberra

Prof. Dr. Robert Freestone - University of New South Wales, Australia

Chandigarh, India

Ecological Urbanism:

The Hydrologics of the Modernist Master Plan of Chandigarh

Prof. Dr. Vikramaditya Prakash -  Washington University, USA

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Facing the Conflict Between Capital and Metropolis:

The 1925 Plan for Buenos Aires

Prof. Dr. Ana Maria Rigotti - University of Rosario, Argentina

Brasília, Brazil

Brasília and Modernist Void:

Drawing Landscapes of Recognition

Prof. Dr. Luciana Saboia - University of  Brasília, Brazil

Keynote Lecture - 2 pm - 4 pm

New Towns and National Development in Twentieth-century Brazil 

Prof. Dr. Renato Leão Rego - University of Maringá, Brazil

Evening Session - 5pm

Cinema Session

"Plan para Buenos Aires", Gerardo Panero, 2021, 79’

Friday, June 24th, 2022 2nd

2nd Thematic Session - 9 am - 12 am

Islamabad, Pakistan

Nature-City Dialectics in Doxiadis’s Plan for Islamabad

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Z. Khan - Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Ankara, Turkey

Ankara: Challenges of Transformation from a

Medieval Town into a Modern Capital

Prof. Dr. Ali Cengizkan - Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria’s National Assembly Complex Abuja: Decolonizing Africa’s Modernity and
Building Epistemes in the Era of Contentious Democratic Movements

Prof. Dr. Nnamdi Elleh - University of Witwatersrand (WITS), South Africa

Brazil

Comparative Perspectives on Brazilian´s Capital Cities

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Trevisan - University of Brasilia, Brazil

Keynote Lecture - 2 pm - 4 pm

 São Paulo - Metropolis of Urgency

Prof. Arq. Fernando Viégas - Escola da Cidade, Brazil

Closing Keynote - 5 pm - 7 pm

Landscape as Urbanism in New National Capitals

Prof. Arq.  Charles Waldheim - Harvard University, USA

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1st Thematic Session

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Organizing Committee 

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Maria do Carmo de Lima Bezerra

Graduated at Architecture and Urbanism from Faculdades Integradas Architect and Urban Planner from the Federal University of Ceará, she holds a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Brasília and a PhD in Urban Environmental Structures from the University of São Paulo. Postdoctoral researcher at AAP, Cornell Univiersity, USA (2009-2010) and at DUyOT at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Maria do Carmo is a Full Professor at the University of Brasília, working at the Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism since 1996. She is currently the recipient of a Research Productivity Grant - PQ / CNPQ and leads the Research Group on Urban Environmental Management (UnB / CNPq). As a researcher, she has been working on Urban Land Regularization Projects, Urban and Regional Planning, Green Infrastructure, Mobility, Sustainable Drainage and Environmental Assessment, topics on which she has published several articles in journals and organized National and International Congresses.

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