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15 Dec

I thought it was really amazing to see this presentation on Trash Reincarnated where the Buddhist monks created structures out of recycled beer bottles. I thought this worked well with my presentation on Barney’s Green Holiday Windows. A great way to show how recycling can be a high form of art.

Jasmine’s needle felting was a neat lesson to learn. While I still have no idea what I will ever do with it, I think it was a great art form to learn. I really like how Matt used the idea to create a lesson for his high school. I think the figures turned out amazing and it looks like the students really enjoyed it.

Cornelius was an awesome artist to look at. I really loved his video’s and thought it was an amazing resource to have.

I think Dubai is a very interesting city and the architecture is amazing. I think the city is a piece of art within it’s self and this was a great topic to talk about in class.

I really liked looking at the idea of plant design as architecture, especially on the walls. I thought this was very interested and could be used in some neat ways.




20 Oct

Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992)

Born in Rome, emigrated to Brazil.

Linda Bo Bardi was an important architect in the creation of Brazil’s identity and whose highly diverse and important work remains largely unknown outside of her adopted home of Brazil. Born in Rome in 1914 she emigrated to Brazil in 1946 where she practiced until her death in 1992. Her practice began as an assistant in Milan for Gio Ponti where she worked on town planning projects. She also worked on fashion and industrial design projects and wrote for the journal Domus. In 1946 she travelled to Brazil with her husband, art critic and art dealer, Pietro Maria Bardi.

Her work in Brazil left a mark on cultural life, architecture, fashion, design and theatre. Her interest in simplicity and extensive knowledge of architectural construction allowed her to develop many new and expressive projects to Brazil. She placed a highly personalized touch on every project she designed. Rather than following current ideas of post-modernism and international style, she chose to practice what she called anthroplogical architecture, simply put a focus on respect the people who will use your design. Bo Bardi’s style had an elegant ability to combine modern trends with the traditional culture of Brazil.

The sport and cultural centre SESC-Pompeia Factory (1997) is one of the largest projects that fully represents her architectural concepts. In this project she covered a abandoned steel factory in Sao Paulo into a multi use cultural center. In addition to converting the grounds, she also built two concrete towers on adjacent land to house a sports complex. The complex now has bocome hugely sucessful, and now contains theaters, gymnasiums, a swimming pool, snack bars, internet cafes, leisure areas, restaurants, galleries, workshops and other kinds of public services.

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Project Morrinho

6 Oct

Project Morrinho

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Project Morrinho is a social and cultural project based out of the Vila Pereira Da Silva Favela in the Laranjeiras neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Project Morrinho was started by a local youth, Nelcirlan Souza de Oliveira, in 1998. It is a model of the city constructed from bricks and other recycled materials. It originally began as a simple childhood game to escape the realities of violence and corruption that surrounded the teens and their community.

Within this miniature world of Morrinho, which means little hill, participants act out a role-playing game with the numerous lego block dolls and other childhood toys and recycled materials that inhabit the model, recreating life in Rio’s Favelas. In addition to the lego blocks, Morrinho is inhabited by cars, police vehicles, helicopters, houses, and shops. Morrinho represents the honest truth of the reality lived by these young people of the community.

In recent years, Morrinho has gained increasingly international press. It has grown from a local phenomenon to an international exhibition. The project has been able to use its popularity to place attention towards social change. The unique innovation of the Project has been recoqnized by curators and criticas as a legitimate expression of contemporary art, and has drawn considerable international attention from journalist, architects, musicians, scholars, and tourist. Morrinho is open to the public and encourages travelers and locals to visit the project. Currently more than 20 teenagers are regularly participating on the project.

Morrinho aims to bring positive change to the local community, as well as challenge the popular perception of Brazil’s Favelas. Through its work, Morrinho contributes directly to the socio-cultural and economic development of the surrounding areas. The belief that Favelas are merely dominated by drug trafficking and violence is not all encompassing.¬†Morrinho communicates the realities of life in the Favela and that it is multi-dimensional.