Last week Brazilian architects protested Brasília’s engagement with Singapore’s Jurong Consultants to devise a new urban master plan for Brazil’s capital. The result was a protest at an annual Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Donning masks and chanting Oscar Niemeyer’s and Lúcio Costa’snames, the architects and urban planners shouted their disapproval of outsourcing Brasília’s future to a foreign country.

Of course Singapore is a leader in urban planning; nonetheless Brazil is laden with talented architects, designers and planners. True, Brasília has its share of problems as the result of unchecked growth. What worked for Niemeyer and Costa, the fathers of Brasília and Brazil’s modernist take on design, 50 years ago must be amended now so that the capital can grow sustainably in the future. Brazil’s leadership in architecture and design is one of the great legacies of the 20th century: Brasília should embrace it, not turn its back on the country’s design heritage.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.