Cover of the MoMA exhibition catalogue entitled Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 (available from Museum Bookstore)

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

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'The show is an eye-opener, rectifying a long-skewed, Eurocentric worldview, shedding light on a period neglected for generations outside the region.' - The New York Times

Latin America in Construction gallery view

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.

  • Author: Barry Bergdoll
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Date published: May 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0870709630
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 24.9 x 3.3 cm

'it confirms that nowhere on the planet witnessed as much experimentation in building arts and urban design' - The Guardian

'exhilarating' - Architect Magazine

'compelling' - Wall Street Journal