Lina Bo Bardi
Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima; With a foreword by Barry Bergdoll
November 26, 2013
256 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
81 color + 95 b/w illus.
Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992), one of the most important architects working in Latin America in the 20th century, was remarkably prolific and intriguingly idiosyncratic. A participant in the efforts to reshape Italian culture in her youth, Bo Bardi immigrated to Brazil with her husband in 1946. In Brazil, her practice evolved within the social and cultural realities of her adopted country. While she continued to work with industrial materials like concrete and glass, she added popular building materials and naturalistic forms to her design palette, striving to create large, multiuse spaces that welcomed public life.
Lina Bo Bardi is the first comprehensive study of Bo Bardi’s career and showcases author Zeuler Lima’s extensive archival work in Italy and Brazil. The leading authority on Bo Bardi, Lima frames the architect’s activities on two continents and in five cities. The book examines how considerations of ethics, politics, and social inclusiveness influenced Bo Bardi’s intellectual engagement with modern architecture and provides an authoritative guide to her experimental, ephemeral, and iconic works of design.
Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima is an architect and associate professor of history, theory, and design at the School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Barry Bergdoll is professor of architectural history in the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University and the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
“Zeuler Limar’s book on Lina Bo Bardi, the once overlooked genius of mid-20th-century Brazil, is exceptionally fine.”—Rowan Moore, The Observer
“an excellent reference. The culmination of 10 years of research, Lima's readable biography cum monograph skillfully elucidates Bo Bardi's life and career starting with her early years in Rome.”—Architectural Record