Darryl Chen, 19 08 08


Brasilia’s six-lane motorways embrace yesterday’s promise of the speeding automobile that even taxis suffer. They stop far too often. Forget flagging a cab – you really need a driver. So it should come as no surprise that Niemeyer’s Metropolitan Cathedral at the heart of Brasilia’s central axis is planned around an undergound drop-off lane and subterranean carpark. That leaves just the spectacular roof crown visible above ground, as well as a colonnade of statues aligning a pedestrian axis that goes nowhere. (I said, you are supposed to arrive by car.) Coroporate worship meets the autobahn… Aqui há invenção!