On March 29th, Casa de Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura (CA) launched the “Brazilian Architecture Collection” – a vast and unprecedented collection of projects, drawings, models and books that count the history of modern and contemporary Brazilian architecture from 1930 to the present.
The launch of the collection took place at the MuBE – Brazilian Sculpture Museum, with the participation of the executive director of CA, Nuno Sampaio, the director of MuBE, Flávia Velloso and the curators of the Collection, Guilherme Wisnik and Fernando Serapião.
The event was also attended by a group of important Brazilian personalities and institutions: the architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the president of the IAB / SP, Fernando Túlio Salva Rocha and the deputy director of FAUUSP, Ricardo Marques de Azevedo. Rosa Artigas of the Vilanova Artigas Foundation, Anna Carboncini, technical director of the Lina Bo Institute and P. M. Bardi and Ciro Pirondi, representing Casa Lúcio da Costa and the Oscar Niemeyer Foundation also attended the event.
The “Brazilian Architecture Collection” that will integrate the collection of CASA DA ARQUITECTURA is composed of a set of drawings and models of 70 selected projects, of authors fundamental for the understanding of the Brazilian production, being 20 members of the modern period and 50 contemporary representatives.
The list that is now being launched will have, as proposed by the commissioners, names such as Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, MMM Roberto, Sergio Bernardes, Roberto Burle Marx, Vilanova Artigas, Lina Bo Bardi, Rino Levi, Severiano Mario Porto, João Filgueiras Lima (Lelé), Marcos Acayaba and Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The new generations have not been forgotten: Brasil Arquitetura, Angelo Bucci, Andrade Morettin, MMBB, Metro Architects, Grupo SP, and Carla Juaçaba, among others.
In addition to the drawings and models, the Collection will also feature a set of 100 essential books on the theme, which will integrate the CA library.