Brazilian Architect Lina Bo Bardi Honoured in London

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Just when you thought that the Olympics were over...they are starting up again. Since Brazil is next for the 2016 summer Olympics, the British Council in London is going to be collaborating with Brazil on art projects for the next four years. Here's the first: a lovely little exhibition honouring the Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi.

Lina Bo Bardi was an Italian architect who moved to Brazil in 1946. She was also a political activist, a designer of furniture and stage sets, an editor and writer and a curator of exhibitions.

Community space with artificial indoor lake at SESC Pompeia in Sao Paulo. Photo.© Paula Alvarado

Her work was concerned with making society better and her innovative buildings incorporated ideas of social responsibility into their design. It was rooted in Brazil's popular culture and she applied sophisticated construction techniques learned from local craftsmen to her buildings. TreeHugger Paula visited and wrote about one of her most famous and important buildings: SESC Pompéia, a social and cultural centre formed out of an old factory in São Paulo.

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The exhibition in London pays tribute to her work in the form of an "experiential installation which will give the visitor a sense of the energy in her work."

Designed by Assemble architects and designers, it consists of 2 round structures made out of black recycled corrugated fabric that house the display.

Inside is a display of cardboard and wicker artifacts depicting local and popular culture and a film installation about the converted factory. Together the exhibits convey the experience of the architect's projects. Lina Bo Bardi was fascinated by the ingenuity and simple beauty of the objects made by the people in Bahia. For this exhibition, an artist worked with children in Bo Bardi's Museum of Modern Art in Salvador de Bahia to create these folkloric animals and toys.

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Sao Paulo Museum of Art

Oscar Niemeyer has the reputation of the most famous Brazilian architect, but now Bo Bardi's work is becoming more renowned. She was an architect who didn't go in for the big spectacular buildings, instead she was committed to working on a human scale, with the needs of the community and the buildings at hand as her first priority.

Brazilian Architect Lina Bo Bardi Honoured in London
Lina Bo Bardi is a Brazilian architect whose sensitive and intelligent buildings are becoming widely appreciated.

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