Parallel Lives: Transparent Sculptures, Porous Architectures


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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The text registers and discusses the affinities between the transparency of a branch of modern sculpture and the characteristic porosity of Brazilian modern architecture, placed in the broader context of the exchange between architecture, painting, sculpture and construction in the twentieth century.

How to Cite

Comas, C. E. (2010). Parallel Lives: Transparent Sculptures, Porous Architectures. Docomomo Journal, (42), 56–65.



Author Biography

Carlos Eduardo Comas, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Studied architecture in Porto Alegre, Philadelphia and Paris and has written and lectured extensively on modern Brazilian architecture and urbanism. He is Full Professor at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; editor of its Graduate Program in architecture journal ARQTEXTO, and chair of Docomomo Brazil.


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