This paper aims at highlighting the repertory of practices wrapped up in the urban remodeling of the city of Rio de Janeiro. After presenting the historical references governing its analyses, the text pinpoints the illusions, marks and transformations of the carioca life that followed the generic and vertiginous assumption of urbanity. The text dwells on the consolidation of the instruments of social intervention in the centers of major population concentration. It develops according to three axes: urbanism, the social reforms and public education. The paper concludes delineating the reach of the effort realized after the Edwardian era to make Rio de Janeiro into a cosmopolitan metropolis.
Urbanism; Cultural history of education; Modern schooling; Public policies