Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Lina Bo Bardi: The Theory of Architectural Practice
Routledge, 280 pages, $49.95
The architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) has long been considered one of the major modern architects of the 20th century in Brazil. But her major writings on architecture have not been translated, and are not well known. This book contains the first English-language translation of Propeadeutic Contribution to the Teaching of Architecture Theory, a seminal text from 1957. It is arguably the first published writing on architecture theory by a practicing woman architect.
Accompanying the translation is an introductory essay by Interior Design Program chair Cathrine Veikos that interprets Bo Bardi’s text as a critical and constructive theory of architecture built from a collection of textual and visual artifacts.
The translation contextualizes Bo Bardi’s work theoretically, taking into account the specific historical sources and contemporaneous discourses from which it draws. With comparisons to other important architectural pedagogies and theoretical texts of the period, it is also an inquiry into the nature of architecture history and theory, its role in education and its relation to practice.
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