The Sao Paolo Recreational Center, 1977-1986
Thursday 15 March, 6 pm
Architectural Association Lecture Hall
Roundtable discussion on the exhibition Lina&Gio: the last humanists, chaired by curator Ana Araujo. The talks will address Lina Bo Bardi's and Gio Ponti's architectural work, as well as their participation in editorial projects, curatorial work and cultural research.
Isa Grinspum Ferraz was born in Pernambuco. She graduated in Social Sciences at São Paulo University, and since 1980 she has been working as a script writer, a film director, in the conception and curatorship of exhibitions and museum displays, and in editorial projects. Amongst other works, Ferraz realized the documentary Lina Bo Bardi as well as the award-winning film script for Religiões Africanas no Brasil ('African Religions in Brazil'), with the photographer Pierre Verger. Ferraz is also known as the director of the well-known documentary O Povo Brasileiro ('Brazilian People'), based on the work of the Brazilian anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro, and from 2003 to 2006 she was a regular collaborator in the Museu da Língua Portuguesa ('Museum of Portuguese Language'). Recently, Ferraz directed the film Marighella (2011), shortlisted for many awards, in Brazil and internationally. Ferraz participated in many editorial projects on the theme of architecture. She was Lina Bo Bardi's collaborator in a series of projects, including the influential book Tempos de Grossura: Design no Impasse (which translates as 'Times of Rudeness: Design at an Standstill'). Ferraz currently works as a trustee and a director of the Darcy Ribeiro Foundation. In 2006 her name was mentioned amongst the '100 most influential Brazilians' in the periodical Isto É.
Marcelo Carvalho Ferraz was a collaborator of Lina Bo Bardi between 1977 and 1992, having taken part in all the projects she made in this period – including the famous leisure centre Sesc Pompéia in São Paulo. He was also a collaborator of Oscar Niemeyer in 2002, having worked in the construction of the Museu Niemeyer in Curitiba. Ferraz was a director of the Lina Bo and P.M. Bardi Institute from 1992 to 2001 – a period in which Bardi's work was widely disseminated, nationally and internationally. He was visiting Professor at the Washington University in Saint Louis (US) in 2006, and he currently teaches at the Escola da Cidade, in São Paulo. Ferraz is a founding partner of Brasil Arquitetura (since 1979). His practice is renowned for important projects in Brazil and abroad, including the Polytheama Theatre and the Rodin Museum (Brazil); the Bairro Amarelo (Germany), and the Villa Isabella (Finland), amongst others. In 1992 Ferraz published a book on rural architecture in Brazil; in 2005 he published with Francisco Fanucci Brasil Arquitetura and in 2011 he launched Arquitetura Conversável. His work was show in exhibitions in Japan, Italy, France and Brazil.
Giancarlo Latorraca is an architect graduated at the University of São Paulo and a tutor at the Escola da Cidade in São Paulo, to which he is also associated. He collaborated with the practice Brasil Arquitetura and with Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Latorraca worked at the Lina Bo and P. M. Bardi Institute from 1993 to 2001, running exhibition projects nationally and internationally, and also participating in editorial projects. He has designed a number of exhibitions in various museums in Brazil and abroad, including the Museu Niemeyer in Curitiba and the Tomie Othake Institute in São Paulo. He is currently technical director at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo, where his curatorial approach focuses on the dissemination of the Brazilian material culture.
Marco Romanelli was born in Trieste in 1958, he obtained his degree in Architecture in Genoa in 1983 and, in 1984, a Masters’ Degree in Design. He works in the fields of design (for Arflex, Bosa, Driade, Fiam, Fontana Arte, Glas, Laboratorio Pesaro, Oluce, Salviati), interior architecture (his works have been published in the most important international magazines) and exhibit design (in 2002-2003 “Gio Ponti: a World” in London, Rotterdam, Milan; in 2007 “Bruno Munari” in Tokyo; in 2011 “Design, una storia italiana”, Rome-Turin). He flanks his design work with an intense critical meditation on topics involving living and design: he has been editor of both Domus (1986-1994) and Abitare (1995-2007).