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Olivia de Oliveira

Gustavo Gili, 2010
255 pages
Fully illustrated, colour
ISBN: 9788425223877

The architect Lina Bo Bardi was born in Rome in 1914 and emigrated in 1946 to Brazil, a country she adopted as her own and where she undertook her professional career. With its radical and modern focus, her entire work is pervaded by a wish to get closer to the way of life of the people and to local traditions by eliminating the distance between 'elite' and 'popular culture'.

Her projects have a conceptual, material and ethical forcefulness that is particularly apparent in her built work, all of which is included in this volume, together with photographs taken specially for it by Nelson Kon.

Olivia de Oliveira introduces us to the work of Lina Bo Bardi through a multifaceted argument that allows us to contextualize and understand it in all its architectural, cultural, political and social complexity. This book, a reprint of the magazine 2G Lina Bo Bardi, ends with a 1991 interview with Bo Bardi and a selection of the architect's writings.


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