Lina Bo Bardi
Empresa das Artes, São Paulo, 1996, 1993, Portuguese
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9788572340243

From the Handbook of Latin American Studies, vol.  58. A chronological catalogue of the work of modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914–92). The text, written by Bo Bardi in her unique style, describes her projects and reveals her personal philosophy and thoughts on various subjects, including Brazil. Born and raised in Italy, she adopted Brazil as her home, restoring many buildings of historical interest and influencing a generation of architects, playwrights, moviemakers, and designers. Her life, projects, watercolors, photographs, and designs are richly documented here. Most of the catalogue’s illustrations were drawn from her archives.

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Nathalie de Vries

The role model for many female architects today. This book contains all of Lina Bo Bardi’s work and many sketches. Her SESC-Fábrica do Pompéia sports and cultural center in São Paulo is one of the most impressive building complexes I know.

Jeanne Gang

Out of print, but not out of mind, this book includes many great photographs, drawings, sketches, and essays. It is almost a documentary in its full sense of what it must have been like to work with the Italian-Brazilian modernist architect. Embodying the art, people, and life in her work, the book gives proper space to Bo Bardi’s architecture and its tropical vibrancy.

Jens Holm

A brilliant catalogue of work from one of the best South American architects.

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