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Informal by Design: From Amerindian “Garden Cities” to Olympic Urbanism in Brazil

March 16, 2016 | Bruno Carvalho

Vila Autódromo / Olympic Park (Rio de Janeiro), 2015. Photo by Ava Hoffman

Bruno Carvalho’s research and teaching interests range from the early modern period to the present, and include literature, culture, and the built environment in Latin American and Iberian contexts, with emphasis on Brazil. He has published widely on topics related to poetry, film, architecture, cartography, city planning, race and racism in publications like Spaces and Flows, Luso-Brazilian Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Piseagrama, revista piauí, Daylight & Architecture, and others. His teaching and research increasingly focus on relationships between urban and natural environments.

Carvalho’s Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro (2013) won the Brazilian Studies Association Roberto Reis Book Award in 2014. He also collaborated on a new museum of the city of Rio de Janeiro, and co-organized a critical edition in Portuguese of the earliest versions of United States constitutional documents, which circulated in eigtheenth-century Brazil and played a role in independence movements (O Livro de Tiradentes, 2013). Currently, he is working on two books. The first is tentatively titled Partial Enlightenments: Race, Cities, and Nature in the Luso-Brazilian Eighteenth Century. The second, The Future Revisited, examines how urban futures were imagined in the past.

At Princeton, Bruno Carvalho codirects the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, is affiliated to the Center for African American Studies, and associated faculty in the Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Program in Latin American Studies, the Program in Urban Studies, and the School of Architecture. He is also a member of the Committee for Film Studies, and of the Climate Futures Initiative. He received his PhD from Harvard University.