Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn April 21, 1960, Brazilians welcomed a new capital, Brasilia. Brasilia was a planned city, meaning it was specifically developed to be the capital of Brazil. It took architects, engineers, and city planners four years to build Brasilia.Brazil's previous capital, Rio de Janeiro, was a crowded, coastal city. Rio’s design slowed government work because buildings were located far apart from one another and traffic was heavy. Brasilia, on the other hand, is neatly divided into numbered blocks and sections. Different sections were developed for different activities, such as government, banking, or embassies. Brasilia was also constructed in the country’s interior, to spur development there.Today, in addition to being the legislative center of Brazil, Brasilia is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its modernist architecture.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry architect Noun
person who designs buildings or other large structures.
sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.
city where a region's government is located.
Encyclopedic Entry: capital city planner Noun
person who plans the physical design and zoning of an urban center.
to build or erect.
construction or preparation of land for housing, industry, or agriculture.
person who plans the building of things, such as structures (construction engineer) or substances (chemical engineer).
having to do with a nation's government (as opposed to local or regional government).
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
group of people, usually elected, who make and change laws.
earlier, or the one before.
exact or precise.
to encourage or move forward.
movement of many things, often vehicles, in a specific area.
the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
Encyclopedic Entry: UNESCO unique Adjective
one of a kind.
World Heritage Site Noun
location recognized by the United Nations as important to the cultural or natural heritage of humanity.