Brasilia, 50 Years Later

Christopher Hawthorne remarks that Brasilia had an optimism that is remarkably different from today's new cities that are striving towards sustainability and preparing for eco-disasters.

Hawthorne writes, "To the extent that we are now designing brand-new cities at all, they tend to be marked more by wariness and anxiety - particularly about looming environmental disaster, terror attacks and global epidemics - than sweeping optimism.

If Brasilia embraced the future, in other words, today's cities seem to be on guard against it."

Hawthorne includes Masdar City, Dongtan and San Francisco's Treasure Island in this category.

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