Postprint version. Published in Cities, Volume 9, Issue 4, November 1, 1992, pages 270-279.
Publisher website: http://www.sciencedirect.com
Note: At the time of publication, the author Vicente del Rio was affiliated with the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Currently, March 2008, he is a Professor for the City and Regional Planning Department at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0264-2751(92)90027-3.
Imageability of places, cities and countries is strongly influenced by tourist and political portraits in the media. As human cognition relies on inferential perception and contrasting categories, marketing strategies exploit partial truths and conflicting city images to direct public perceptions. This article addresses the relationship between international perception, image building and urban design in the case of Brazil and the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. Their contrasting images as exploited by the international media expose only partial truths. In fact, these images represent complementary development contradictions that co-exist in any major city today.
Urban, Community and Regional Planning