| || Brasília, like certain other capital cities—Chandigarth in Punjab, India, several decades ago; Berlin, Germany, three centuries ago; or Chinese cities even further back in history—was born of an idea that corresponded to an era, rather than slowly maturing with the evolution of old societies. The idea of these capitals was to give a certain balance to a country, if necessary by starting with a site selected in raw nature. A city arbitrarily created by the will of a government takes some time to become a “true” city and remains for a while an administrative complex, surrounded by the services that ensure its maintenance. Admirable architectural complexes can be built in such places but they can never take the place of that which defines cities that are organic to a country: atmosphere.
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