A powerful yet delicate nudge to architects of all ages, this book reminds us about the role of architecture with the story of Lina Bo Bardi. Lina’s career, negotiated with totalitarian regimes first in Italy and then in Brazil, is told here with a focus on architecture as a tool of care for people and for their lives. The author moves easily through the different but intertwined aspects of Lina’s story: from her love for art, culture, and life in all its manifestations, to her ambition to create buildings that would come alive with nature and people, to the obstacles that she had to overcome as a woman, as a foreigner, and as an independent thinker in totalitarian regimes. Through this beautifully illustrated story, Lina’s buildings leave the pages of the modernist architecture history book to become part of a layered tale about the cultural, emotional and social potential of space to resist oppression.
— Chiara Dorbolò, Curator of the Architecture Book Fair 2021