Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 - the exhibition catalogue from MoMA available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

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'Generously and comprehensively illustrated with historical and contemporary images of the most important work produced in Latin America... an important resource. Essential' - Choice

A richly illustrated book of Latin American postwar architecture

Published in conjunction with MoMA's critically acclaimed exhibition, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 offers an overview of the architectural creativity, experimentation and ambition in eleven countries stretching from Cuba to Chile and Mexico to Argentina during Latin America's rapid modernisation in the mid 20th Century.

The publication is the first comprehensive book on Latin American postwar architecture in 60 years. It features familiar projects including Oscar Niemeyer’s Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Lina Bo Bardi's SESC Pompeia in Sao Paulo  and Luis Barragán’s magenta modernist villas in Mexico City as well as lesser known architects and projects. 

Richly illustrated with architectural drawings, vintage photographs, sketches and newly commissioned photographs, the catalogue presents the work of architects who met the challenges of modernisation with vision, ambition and flair. 

Architects whose work is reviewed in the book include: Lina Bo Bardi, Luis Barragan, Felix Candela, Lucio Costa, Eladio Dieste, Ricardo Legorreta, Rogelio Salmona, Oscar Niemeyer, Mario Pani, Carlos Raul Villanueva and Roberto Burle Marx.

The book was voted one of the best architecture books of 2015 by The Guardian.

Details
  • Author: Barry Bergdoll Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University 
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Date published: May 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0870709630
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 24.9 x 3.3 cm
Reviews

'In the book just as in the show, the entire visual scope of architectural production is on display--design sketches, graphs, presentation renderings and construction documents, magazines, notebooks and photographs... all get their share.... An architecture that was often more courageous and grander, structurally daring, iconographically innovative, and more responsive to climate and cultural context than what happened in Europe and the US at the same time. The catalogue, with its particularly insightful essays and high production value, is a lasting testament to a remarkably dense exhibition' - Society of Architectural Historians

'Generously and comprehensively illustrated with historical and contemporary images of the most important work produced in Latin America... an important resource. Essential' - Choice

'opened up new perspectives on modernism, by looking beyond the well-known monuments of Oscar Niemeyer that tend to dominate perceptions of Latin American architecture' - The Guardian


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