The City Sprouted: The Rise of Brasília

How to Cite

Kelly, J. (2020). The City Sprouted: The Rise of Brasília. Consilience, (22), 73–85.


In 1891, Brazil’s constitution decreed that at some point in the future the capital would be moved from Rio de Janeiro to a new location towards the interior of the country. In the 1960s, the capital was moved to Brasília. While one of the wealthiest cities in Brazil today, there were significant costs to building Brasília. This article aims to survey the development of the new capital and the negative externalities which emerged following its development.