Functionalism Of Brazil : Cause Or Style?

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Functionalism in Brazil: cause or style? The premise "form follows function" was first used by Sullivan in the late nineteenth century and built by Modernist Architecture in Europe in the twentieth century. Reflecting specifically on the Brazilian case, functionalism was an aspect of tension throughout the process of assimilation and appropriation of Modernism as a national language in the twentieth century, because on one side could be an important tool for democratization of accessing to certain programs through the large-scale production, on the other, coming off the social aspect and to being considered in excess, it became a "desire of rationality that made no sense"; "technique acquired new status: has become an end in itself" and thus constituting a straitjacket. Nowadays, some architects are contrary to functionalism as they considered as a limit, but despite the controversy is still a reality in national architectural production. In the 30s, in a context of authoritarian rule, the Brazilian architects and artists marveled at the Le Corbusier ideas as Social Revolution instrument in the country. It was believed that to relate to Modernist Architecture to the national industrial production, it would-for the "social classes were gradually being integrated industrial production in large cities" (Hugo), thereby increasing the internal market and minimally socializing riches. Fortunately, the intellectuals were able to move forward on these wishes, due the fact that the

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