Giraffe chair Lina Bo Bardi 
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Lina Bo Bardi

the Italian architect, designer, 

scenographer, artist, 

who lived and worked mainly in Brazil, 

is recognized fully in her home country 

of Italy and consequently the whole of Europe,

since she is the recipient of 

the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 

in memoriam of the 17th International Architecture 

Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

that  opened  May 22, 2021 

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The acknowledgment was recommended by Hashim Sarkis, 

curator of the Biennale Architettura 2021, 

and approved by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia.

In recommending this award, Hashim Sarkis 
expressed the following motivation:

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«If there is one architect 
who embodies most 
fittingly the theme 
of the Biennale Architettura 2021, 

it is Lina Bo Bardi. 

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Her career as a designer, editor, curator, 
and activist reminds us of the role of 
the architect as convener and importantly, 
as the builder of collective visions. 

Lina Bo Bardi also exemplifies the 
perseverance of the architect 
in difficult times whether wars, 
political strife, or immigration, 
and her ability to remain creative, 
generous, and optimistic throughout.

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Above all, it is her powerful buildings 

that stand out in their design and in the way 

that they bring architecture, 

nature, living, and community together. 

In her hands, architecture becomes truly a convening social art.»

Just as one example, the design of the São Paulo Museum 

MASP click to see my visit at MASP

is exemplary in its ability to create a 

public space for the whole city, 

to create spaces inside that are flexible 

and to be open to experimental and more inclusive 

exhibitions such as Bo Bardi’s own exhibitions. 

The titles of these exhibitions alone, 

“The House as Soul,” “The Dignity of Architecture,” 

and “The Hand of the Brazilian People,” 

illustrate very strongly the power 

of architecture to bring people together.

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The Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is a long overdue recognition for an illustrious career straddling between Italy and Brazil, for re-enlivening the role of the architect as an enabler of society, 

and for a woman who 

simply represents 

the architect 

at her best.»

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The becoming of Bucha


            When I understood that this cucumber cousin     
           holds the sponge I have seen in bathrooms
            all over I decided to grow Bucha in our pergola.  

Bucha or Luffa cylindrica   was first described by 
Carl von Linné , but received the name  
from Johann Jakob Roemer.

Said and done. Bucha growing in the pergola.   
All plants  gave fruit apart from the  one that were cut 
down  by misstake (I hope) by our  Gardiner...  

When the Bucha is fully grown and ripe   
it is harvest time. 

The seed pod  just inside the green  peel is 
what we want to harvest unharmed. 

The seed pod is then cut open and washed clean
and all the seeds are removed . 

After drying in the sun and  cleaned again  the magic
 sponge material is ready to be used. 

My thought was to create a new shape  
using  pieces of the
 Bucha seed pod as well  
as well as whole  ones. 

Working at the veranda at Casa da Ilha
 I  stocked up on dried Bucha seed pods. 

By sewing the pieces of the Bucha together  with a  
green organic cotton tread I am starting to   learn  what  this
 sponge material is capable of.

I like sewing by hand and used a simple 
type of stitching that 
secures with  knots for durability. 

Sometimes sitting in the garden 
on a blanket stitching. 

A new form is slowly being born. 

A hat type of shape. 

The cut pieces of the Busha I  
will use  as well. 
No waste of any kind  preferably. 

A hat shape (or a sea urchin?) 
that I was born I  
want to   build a stand  
or  you  could call it a hanger  
attached with LED light this   Busha 
hat will become a  luminescent  
hat or we can call it a lamp. 


Really in love with 
this organic material 
and the possibilities 
it has.   

Bucha at sun set. 

Bucha in the morning. 

Hat is Chapéu in  Portuguese, 
could be a good name. 

Bucha - Chapéu seen from 
above or from underneath 
if you hang it in your ceiling. 

Time to cut the green thread or 
umbilical cord if  you may. 

The becoming of Bucha. 

The workshop  on the 
veranda where I  
have been cutting ,
 sewing and creating. 

I mean is it not fantastic 
what you 
can create from 
organic materia, 

To create interior products with no negative 
impact on our planet is the idea. 
This is a good suggestion so far. 

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