Lina Bo Bardi

Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima; With a foreword by Barry Bergdoll

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November 26, 2013
256 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
81 color + 95 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300154269

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 R.M. de A. Lima has astutely navigated the complexity of Bo Bardi’s life and crafted a deeply researched yet highly pleasurable book.”— John Hill, Designers & Books
“Niemeyer aside, Latin American architecture has received far too little attention in the US, so this scholarly monograph on Lina Bo Bardi (1914-92) is especially welcome.”—Michael Webb, Form

“Zeuler Limar’s book on Lina Bo Bardi, the once overlooked genius of mid-20th-century Brazil, is exceptionally fine.”—Rowan Moore, The Observer

“A major event in this long-overdue recognition [of Bo Bardi] is Lina Bo Bardi, the first full-length life-and-works, by Zeuler R.M. de A. Lima, an architect and professor at Washington University in St. Louis. His detailed but well-paced monograph is a feat of primary-source scholarship and thoughtful analysis. Lima does a masterful job of candidly assessing his brilliant, somewhat erratic, and not always truthful subject. This important contribution to the literature will long remain the essential Bo Bardi publication.”—Martin Filler, New York Review of Books

“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

“Zeuler Rocha Mello de Almeida Lima deftly explores the remarkably prolific life and intriguingly idiosyncratic work of Italo—Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi.”—Christina Mehrtens, Planning Perspectives