The Guardian's Rowan Moore Names 10 Best Concrete Buildings

06:00 - 11 February, 2016
The Guardian's Rowan Moore Names 10 Best Concrete Buildings

“Concrete has the ability to be primitive and technological, massive and levitating, to combine the properties of steel with those of mud,” says Rowan Moore in his list of The 10 best concrete buildings created for The Guardian. Through examples spanning three continents, Moore unites old standbys with unexpected wonders, all of which show the varied possibilities inherent in mixing water, aggregate, and cement. In a list that incorporates examples from Classical times to the present, Moore establishes concrete’s unique ability to adapt to different times, styles, applications, and treatments.

Examples by Le Corbusier, Álvaro Siza, Lina Bo Bardi, and Marcel Breuer demonstrate that concrete is anything but workaday or utilitarian. Moore’s list affirms that a material simultaneously strong and light, durable, sustainable, and fire-resistant, can scarcely be considered anything short of miraculous. Of course, ten buildings can only provide an abridged version of concrete’s possibilities, and Moore cheekily apologizes for some of the obvious omissions. Check out the full list here.

Concrete and Glass: Lina Bo Bardi's Easels and a New, Old Way of Displaying Art

06:00 - 29 December, 2015
Concrete and Glass: Lina Bo Bardi's Easels and a New, Old Way of Displaying Art, © Romullo Baratto
© Romullo Baratto

Forty-seven years after their first appearance, Lina Bo Bardi's iconic glass easels have returned to the gallery at São Paulo's Museum of Art (MASP), displaying some of the museum's most valuable paintings, spanning from the medieval to the modern, in an exhibition on the second floor of the museum.

Removed from display in 1996, the concrete pillars, wood and glass easels were reviewed by METRO Arquitetos, who became part of MASP's curatorial team -- in charge of exhibition design -- last December.  Having carried out various exhibitions this year at the museum - such as Brazilian Art Through the 1900s METRO Arquitetos decided to end the year by bringing back the easels, in an exhibition similar to the original one conceived by Lina, which almost five decades later, continues to impress with its innovative way of exhibiting art in museums. 

We had the opportunity to visit the exhibition montage and speak with architect Martin Corullon about the return of the easels and the process of recovering the space as conceived by Lina for the museum. Read the complete interview below.

© Romullo Baratto © Romullo Baratto © Romullo Baratto © Romullo Baratto +24

Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

12:00 - 5 December, 2015
Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi, Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok
Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok

Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914 – March 20, 1992) was one of the most important and expressive architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture. Born in Italy as Lina Achillina Bo, she studied architecture at the University of Rome, moving to Milan after graduation. In Milan, Bo Bardi collaborated with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus. With her office destroyed in World War II Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.

Radical Pedagogies: Lina Bo Bardi’s Theory of an Immediate-Life-Architecture (1957)

09:30 - 4 November, 2015
Radical Pedagogies: Lina Bo Bardi’s Theory of an Immediate-Life-Architecture (1957), Lina at MASP under construction. Photo © Lew Parrela
Lina at MASP under construction. Photo © Lew Parrela

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with Radical Pedagogies, an ongoing multi-year collaborative research project led by Beatriz Colomina with a team of PhD students of the School of Architecture at Princeton University, presenting a series of paradigmatic cases in architectural education. In this fourth example of Radical Pedagogies in Latin AmericaVanessa Grossman (PhD Candidate in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University) presents Lina Bo Bardi's application for a chair at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Studies of the University of São Paulo. Although the application was rejected by the faculty commission, the submitted essay still is a singular source of new ideas for architectural education.

"We performed hitherto a sort of tour throughout time and throughout the “theories” of architecture, dwelling upon one of the aspects and modes of interpretation: the critical aspect. But the experience of teaching has led us to assume, among students, a certain impatience. This impatience we know very well: it means that we no longer feel the sap flowing from the past, that we have almost constitutionally “cut the roots,” that the natural habit of a calm and methodical study no longer exists, despite the consciousness of an acquired cultural heritage. It is the impatience of those who no longer want to know things that do not produce a result soon, of things that do not serve solutions to the problems of immediate life."

—Lina Bo Bardi, Introduction to “Problems of Method,” the second and final chapter of Propaedeutic Contribution to the Teaching of Architecture Theory (1957) [p. 45 in the 1992 Brazilian edition].

Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo

15:00 - 16 May, 2015
Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo, © Marina Correia
© Marina Correia

From the architect. The design of the Lina em Casa: Percursos (Lina at Home: Journeys) exhibition was developed with the intention of preserving the spatial experience and the unique atmosphere of Casa de Vidro (Glass House). Understanding the House as the principle legacy of the architect on display and a major object of interest for visitors, the organization of the exhibition stands avoids creating spatial subdivisions that could detract from the building’s architecture. 

"Lina Bo Bardi: Together" Opens at The Graham Foundation

09:00 - 25 April, 2015
"Lina Bo Bardi: Together" Opens at The Graham Foundation , Courtesy of The Graham Foundation
Courtesy of The Graham Foundation

From April 25 through July 25, 2015, the Graham Foundation will host an exhibition at its Madlener House showcasing the vision of Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Known for her emphasis on social modernism and expressive use of materials, Lina Bo Bardi: Together explores her legacy through her collected works, as well as that of other artists paying homage to the architect and striving to generate new conversations about her designs. Curated by Noemi Blager, the exhibition features photographs, films, and artistic objects reflecting Bo Bardi's diverse work and immersion in Brazilian culture.

Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 3, Architecture

16:30 - 11 March, 2015
Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 3, Architecture, Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis
Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked the Brazilian non-profit group Arquitetas Invisíveis to share with us a part of their work, which identifies women in architecture and urbanism. They kindly shared with us a list of 48 important women architects, divided into seven categories: pioneers, “in the shadows,” architecture, landscape architecture, social architecture, urbanism and sustainable architecture. We will be sharing this list over the course of the week.

Today we present women architects who stand out for the quality of their work. 

Carme Pinós. © Estudio Carme Pinós Jô Vasconcellos. © Beto Novaes/EM/D.A Press Gae Aulenti. © Ernesto Ruscio - Getty Images Europe via Zimbio. Jeanne Gang in front of the Acqua Tower. Image Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation +32

Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2015

09:00 - 8 March, 2015
Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2015, Microtopia (2013) / Jesper Wachtmeister
Microtopia (2013) / Jesper Wachtmeister

Following our top 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014 and our favourite 30 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2013, 2015 is no exception! Our latest round up continues to feature a fantastic range of films and documentaries telling the tales of unsung architectural heroes and unheard urban narratives from around the world. This entirely fresh selection looks past the panoply of stars to bring you more of the best architectural documentaries which will provoke, intrigue and beguile.

From a film which explores one man's dream to build a cathedral (#4) and a simultaneous history of and vision of Rotterdam's future (#7), to a tour of the world's last surviving squatter town in Copenhagen (#14) and A Short History of Abandoned Sets in Morocco (#16), we present - in no particular order - thirty freshly picked documentaries for you to watch in 2015.

Video: The Glass House / Workshop “filming architecture”

00:00 - 5 December, 2014

In a three day pilot workshop, students from the Architecture and Urbanism School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo took part in an introduction to architecture filmmaking. Coordinated by architects Gabriel Kogan and Pedro Kok, the group spent a day at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House in São Paulo following theoretical and technical lectures. 

The idea was to recreate – now in moving images – an iconic photograph of the site  by exploring issues of representation, transparency, interior/exterior, promenades, ways of living and the tectonics of this architectural masterpiece.

"Lina Bo Bardi: Together" at the DAZ Berlin

00:00 - 2 August, 2014
"Lina Bo Bardi: Together" at the DAZ Berlin, Filmstill from the exhibition . Image © Tapio Snellman
Filmstill from the exhibition . Image © Tapio Snellman

If you are in Berlin in August, make sure to check out the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” at The Deutsche Architecture Zentrum, dedicated to the legacy of the famed Italian-born Brazilian architect, and focusing on her “capacity to engage with every facet of culture and to see the potential in all manner of people.” More on the exhibition after the break.

Architecture Photography: Lina Bo Bardi's 'Sesc Pompeia'

00:00 - 17 February, 2014
Architecture Photography: Lina Bo Bardi's 'Sesc Pompeia', © Fernando Pires
© Fernando Pires

The designer and photographer Fernando Pires has completed a photographic series on Sesc Pompéia, one of Lina Bo Bardi's most significant works.

The photographer's series explores that symmetry in Bo Bardi's brutalist design, in which two colors, red and concrete-gray, unite harmoniously.

See more of Pires' images, after the break...

© Fernando Pires © Fernando Pires © Fernando Pires © Fernando Pires +15

Arper Relaunches Lina Bo Bardi's Signature Bowl Chair

00:00 - 16 February, 2014
Arper Relaunches Lina Bo Bardi's Signature Bowl Chair, © Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi
© Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi

The Italian furniture brand Arper recently reissued Lina Bo Bardi's signature Bowl Chair. The pioneering project of the Brazilian-Italian architect presents a more relaxed approach to "sitting" - one that was fairly radical when it was originally released in 1951. The reissue of the chair - presented at the Salone del Mobile 2013 - is a testament to the forward-thinking vision of the architect.

Arper, who worked in partnership with the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi to produce the Bowl Chair, based the design on the original prototype drawings. The genius of the chair is in its simple execution: consisting of two loose parts - an upholstered shell on a metal structure - the seat remains free to move in all directions. It is a chair for living, not just for sitting, and (as with all of Bo Bardi's works) places the human at the center of the design. 

Desenhos. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi Courtesy of Arper Exposição . Image Courtesy of Arper Exposição . Image Courtesy of Arper +24

Happy Birthday Lina Bo Bardi!

00:00 - 5 December, 2013
Happy Birthday Lina Bo Bardi!, © Ioana Marinescu, Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi
© Ioana Marinescu, Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi

“Architecture is created, 'invented anew,' by each man who attempts her, who roams her space, climbs a stair, rests on a balustrade, lifts his head to look, open, close a door, who sits down or gets up and makes intimate contact with - and at the same time create 'forms' in - the space [...] This intimate, fiery, contact, that which was perceived by man at the beginning, is today forgotten. Routine and communal places made man forget the natural beauty of "moving in space," of his conscious movement, of those little gestures…” -- Lina Bo Bardi

We're celebrating the life and work of renowned Italian-Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bardi, who would have turned 99 today. 

Discover more about this icon and proponent of humanist modern architecture, after the break...

Giveaway: Lina Bo Bardi

00:00 - 25 November, 2013
Giveaway: Lina Bo Bardi , Courtesy of Yale University Press
Courtesy of Yale University Press

UPDATE: Congrats to Susana Duarte of Portugal, winner of the "Lina Bo Bardi" giveaway! Thank you to all those who participated. Keep your eyes peeled for another fantastic giveaway, courtesy of Yale University Press, in the coming weeks. 

LINA & GIO: THE LAST HUMANISTS: An Exhibit at the Architectural Association School of Architecture

15:00 - 20 February, 2012
Sesc Pompéia / Lina Bo Bardi © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
Sesc Pompéia / Lina Bo Bardi © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

Opening on February 24th at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in LondonLina & Gio: The Last Humanists will explore for the first time the relationship between two seminal figures in twentieth-century design: Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) and Gio Ponti (1891-1979). More details after the break.

Teatro Oficina / Lina Bo Bardi © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre Museum of Art in São Paulo / Lina Bo Bardi © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre Casa Morumbi / Lina Bo Bardi © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre Tesba / Lina Bo Bardi © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre +9