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Postcard, Brasilia, date unknown c. 1960s
BBC: The Inquiry
BBC World Service 2019
Itapoã, DF Brazil photograph © Joana França 2011
Brasília: Life Beyond Utopia
Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2016
Brasilia, DF Brazil photograph © Joana França 2011
Brasília: Life Beyond Utopia
Architectural Design [April 2016]
McAslan Gallery: Emerging Architects
Two exhibitions for the McAslan Gallery
McAslan Gallery 2016
Edzell Castle, Angus
Edzell Castle: Architectural Treatises in Late 16th Century Scotland
Garden History Society 2014
Architecture and the Humanities
Architectural Research Quarterly 2014
Rio: Canal do Mangue Postcard
Urban Planning in Rio 1870-1930: the Construction of Modernity
Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2014
London Tower Block
Review of Remaking London: Design and Regeneration in Urban Culture
Architectural Research Quarterly 2013
Oscar Niemeyer: House in Canoas, Rio de Janeiro
Life's a Beach: Oscar Niemeyer, Landscape and Women
The Rest is Noise Festival
South Bank, London 6 October 2013
Brasilia Tres Poderes
BBC: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 7 & 9 December 2012
Brasilia Tres Poderes
Brasilia: Fictions and Illusions
Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2012
Nolli Plan of Rome
Connected Communities Symposium
University of Dundee 2011
Arup: White Building, St John's College Oxford
Architecture + ESI: an architect's perspective
FESI [The UK Forum for Engineering Structural Integrity] 2011
Booth Poverty Map of London
Review of Mapping London
Architectural Research Quarterly 2010
RIAS: landworkers exhibition
Dundee Contemporary Arts
14-28 May 2009
Antonio Carlos Elias: Epulis Fissuratum
The Studio of Antonio Carlos Elias
Epulis Fissuratum [Brasília 2006]
Thomas Deckker: superquadra penthouse project
Superquadra Penthouse Project
Penthouse Living
[Wiley 2005]

Arquivo Brasilia
Arquivo Brasília
Sala Martins Penna
Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro
19-20 April 2005

Revisiting Brazil: View of Exhibition
Revisiting Brazil
RIBA Gallery 2
9-30 October 2003

Houston Car Park
Urban Entropies: A Tale of Three Cities
Architectural Design [September 2003]
Guedes Apartment, São Paulo
New Architecture in Brazil - Photographs by Michael Frantzis
Brazilian Embassy, London
5-6 March 2003
Joaquim Gudes: Kerti House, São Paulo
Natural Spirit (Places to Live 007)
Wallpaper* [January/February 2003]
Wallpaper*: Architects Directory
Architects Directory
Wallpaper* [July/August 2002]
RIBA Journal: Foreign Legion
Foreign Legion RIBA Journal [March 2002]
Le Corbusier: Heidi Weber Pavilion, Zurich photograph © Thomas Deckker 1996
Architects and Technology
The Encyclopaedia of Architectural Technology [London: Wiley 2002]
Mission Concepcion (1755) San Antonio, Texas
Mexican-American Architecture
Mexican-American Encyclopaedia [2002]
W3 Brasilia 1960s Archive Photograph
Canberra / Brasília
Canberra Contemporary Art Space [Canberra: CASC 2001]
Oscar Niemeyer: Congresso Naçional Brasília
In the Realm of the Senses
Architectural Design [July 2001]
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães House
Thomas Deckker: Two Projects in Brasília
Architectural Design [Oct 2000]
Degree Unit G: Mexico 1997-98
First International Seminar on the Teaching of the Built Environment [SIEPAC]
University of São Paulo, Brazil
13-15 Sept 2000

Thomas Deckker: The Modern City Revisited
The Modern City Revisited
[London: Routledge 2000]

Thomas Deckker (editor): Issues in Architecture Art & Design
Issues in Architecture Art & Design
vol. 6 no. 1 [University of East London 2000]
Luigi Snozzi: Monte Carasso, Bellinzona photograph © Thomas Deckker 1982
The re-invention of the site
Relating Landscape to Architecture
[London: Routledge 1999]
The Modern City Revisted Conference
The Modern City Revisited
University of East London
27/28 Mar 1999
Luigi Snozzi: Kalman House, Locarno photograph © Thomas Deckker 1982
Monte Carasso: The re-invention of the site
Issues in Architecture Art & Design vol. 5 no. 2 [University of East London 1998]
Donald Judd: Chinati Foundation, Texas
Specific Objects / Specific Sites
Rethinking the Architecture / Landscape Relationship, University of East London,
26-28 Mar 1996
Herzog & deMeuron: Hebelstrasse Apartments, Basle
Herzog & deMeuron
Issues in Architecture Art & Design vol. 3 no. 2 [University of East London 1994]
Joana França: Itapoã, Distrito Federal, 2011
Itapoã, Distrito Federal
photograph © Joana França 2011
Brasília: Life Beyond Utopia
Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2016
Brasília today lies at the heart of a thriving metropolitan region, the Distrito Federal: a region of 5,800 km2 in the central plateau of Brazil, 1000 km inland from the previous capital, Rio de Janeiro. From its origin in the 1950s it has proved to be a pragmatic and successful response to the challenges of urban development.

Brasília was not, in fact, planned in any meaningful way. The lack of a comprehensive masterplan meant that the expansion of the city was not controlled by a development framework, and Brasília today faces many of the urban challenges common to other Brazilian cities: a burgeoning periphery, a shortage of both low-income and middle-class housing and serious traffic congestion. In any case, it is unlikely that any masterplan, conceived when Brazil was a mainly rural economy with a population of 62 million, would continue to serve an urban consumer society of 207 million 60 years later.

The success of Costa's architectural vision was such, however, that despite being the fastest growing metropolitan region in Brazil, the Distrito Federal has the highest standard of living in the country, equal to major European countries.
Brazil: Restructuring the Urban
This talk was part of the Urban Transformation in Brazil Symposium which stemmed from the launch of the special issue of AD edited by Hattie Hartman Brazil: Restructuring the Urban.

The publication was accompanied by an exhibition at the McAslan Gallery.
McAslan Gallery: Urban Transformations in Brazil
McAslan Gallery: Urban Transformations in Brazil
Curator: Thomas Deckker
➲ Thomas Deckker: Brasilia: Life Beyond Utopia
Thomas Deckker is Senior Architect at John McAslan + Partners, a Geddes Fellow at the University of Dundee a Visiting Researcher at King's College, London., and author of The Modern City Revisited (Routledge 2000)

➲ Hattie Hartman: Urban transformation in Brazil: Rio and beyond
Hattie Hartman is Sustainability Editor of the Architects' Journal, author of "London 2012: Sustainable Design" John Wiley & Sons (2011)

➲ Dr Circe Monteiro: Recuperation of the Río Capibaribe, Recife: a study in Urban Sustainability
Dr Circe Monteiro is a Professor in the Departamento de Arquitetura e Urbanism, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

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Aerial photographs courtesy of Joana França.