Lina Bo Bardi


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

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The first major retrospective of the Brazilian modernist architect's life and work

One of the most important architects of the twentieth century, Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) was remarkably prolific and intriguingly idiosyncratic. A participant in the efforts to reshape Italian culture in her youth, Bo Bardi immigrated to Brazil in 1946, where her practice evolved within the social and cultural realities of her adopted country. While she continued to work with industrial materials, she added simple building techniques and naturalistic forms to her designs, striving to create large, multiuse spaces that promoted public life.

Lina Bo Bardi is the first comprehensive study of the architect’s life and work. Author Zeuler Lima, the leading authority on Bo Bardi, presents her activities on two continents, examining how ethical and social considerations influenced her intellectual engagement with modern architecture and providing an indispensable guide to her writings and her experimental, iconic designs.

Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima is an architect, curator, artist, and associate professor at the School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“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
“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

“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.”—Cristina Mehrtens, Planning Perspectives
ISBN: 9780300244229
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
256 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
81 color + 95 b/w illus.

A conversation with biographer Zeuler Lima about the fascinating 20th-century architect Lina Bo Bardi.

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