Olá tudos from JFK airport in New York! My backpack and I are on the road and ready to explore Brazil and its architecture for the next 6 weeks. Thank you for following my adventures here. I would love to hear from you along the way! Please feel free to comment on my posts and share your thoughts.
I bid farewell to the United States today with a fabulous New York bagel (truly, is there any other way), and a run-in with Alisa -- a good omen if there ever were one. Oh, and a harrowing call with LATAM airlines in which my flight appeared to be cancelled (not pictured for obvious reasons).
My project this summer explores architectural vocabuaries of nation-building in Brazil, particularly in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, when ideas of modernism and historic preservation developed side by side. For more, see the "about the project" page.
The itinerary for such a project will take me through a diverse array of regions -- from one of the largest cities in the world, to a tiny one-pousada town of a long-abandoned Jesuit mission; from the modernist utopian plan of Brazil's capital, to the country's current preparations for the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
And because all my travel seems to inevitably start with a google map, here you have it:
I am all ears for any recommendations or suggestions you might have. More to come! Time to board...
- Lee Ann