“To do this we need to eliminate a whole list of things: abstract optimism, scepticism about state intervention, the belief that public housing will not solve the housing problem for everyone, the belief that the poor are to blame for the slums, the habit of prioritising the interests of the individual over those of society.” from: Architecture Words 12: Stones Against Diamonds
Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) was a prolific architect, designer and thinker, whose work, absorbing her native Italy and then after 1946 her adopted homeland, Brazil, spans across architecture, furniture, stage and costume design, urban planning, curatorial work, teaching and writing.
This collection of essays is the first-ever English anthology of her writings. It includes texts written when she was still living in Italy as well as later contributions to a number of Brazilian newspapers, journals and magazines. An acute critic and a creative thinker, Bo Bardi proposes a series of new parameters for design thinking and practice. Presented collectively, her texts present a wealth of inspirational thoughts articulated in a refreshingly simple, straightforward fashion.
Architecture Words is a series of texts and important essays on architecture written by architects, critics and scholars. Like many aspects of everyday life, contemporary architectural culture is dominated by an endless production and consumption of images, graphics and information. Rather than mirror this larger force, this series of small books seeks to deflect it by means of direct language, concise editing and beautiful, legible graphic design. Each volume in the series offers the reader texts that distil important larger issues and problems, and communicate architectural ideas; not only the ideas contained within each volume, but also the enduring power of written ideas more generally to challenge and change the way all architects think.
Architecture Words 12: Lina Bo Bardi. Stones Against Diamonds, with an introduction by Silvana Rubino
Architectural Association London, 132 pages, 180 x 110 mm, Paperback, 2013. ISBN 978-1-907896-20-0
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