Gloria through Her Eyes

By: Helena Vilela   Jane Victal  

Maria Carlota C. Macedo Soares (Paris, 1910 - NY, 1967), also known as Lotta, studied painting with Portinari, and was one of the founders of União Democrática Nacional – UDN, a progressive political party. As an intellectual and a world citizen, born into a rich family in Rio de Janeiro, she was always surrounded by personalities like Calder, Lina Bo, and Pietro Maria Bardi. Lotta also was intimately involved in the creation process of the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro. In the 1960s, her venture in politics was enough to prevent the execution of a progressive urban project designed for Aterro do Flamengo. Under her supervision, she led a team of professionals to design and construct Parque do Flamengo, the largest public space and recreation area in Rio de Janeiro. After reviewing her biography and the project of Aterro do Flamengo, this work investigates the importance of the feminine perspective to the maintenance of Carioca landscape, its permanence, and resistance.

Cultural Landscape; Modernism
Critical Cultural Studies
Virtual Poster

Helena Vilela

PhD in Urban Studies, Urban Studies, PUC Campinas, Brazil

Dr. Jane Victal

JANE VICTAL is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies at PUC-Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, and PhD in Urban and Environmental Structures at University of São Paulo, Brazil. She teaches undergraduate classes on Architecture and Urban Applied Sociology, City History and Urban Planning at the School of Architecture and graduate classes on Urban Studies, Culture and Contemporary Urbanism. She is associated to the History of Cities: Territorial Occupation and Urban Ideologies, a research group certified by CNPq and to the History of Urban Though research thematic line. In her current research, she investigates the Brazilian cultural landscape and the sense of place from multidisciplinary studies in different space-time contexts having interests on: identity, memory, meaning and culture. As a visiting professor at King’s Brazil Institute, she developed a research on processes of urbanization as cultural phenomenon and as results of urban regeneration projects with focus on meaning of the built environment. The approach includes the presence of violent acts in the course of events forming the sense of place and changes on urban morphology due to public policy, artistic productions and popular manifestations.