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Book review – Designed Future

Designed Future is a journey through the modern era: our life in cities, the Americas, new territories and the old continent, of vision and design as essential tools for building the future.

Designed Future
Designed Future

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Designed Future: Or Selected Writings by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Daniela Sá, Guilherme Wisnik, João Carmo Simões (Editors)

Hardcover | 6 x 8-1/2 inches | 248 pages | 41 illustrations | English (translated from Portuguese by Mick Greer) | ISBN: 978-9899948563 | €33.00

PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION:

Designed Future is a journey through the modern era: our life in cities, the Americas, new territories and the old continent, of vision and design as essential tools for building the future. 

As the most complete collection of essays, interviews and lectures, this book is an in-depth view of the journey and particular thinking of one of the most relevant living architects, the Brazilian modern master, Paulo Mendes da Rocha (b. 1928).

For the first time translated in English, it disclosures a must-read intense and provocative thinker in contemporary times.

Designed Future

dDAB COMMENTARY:

In 2006 Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha won the Pritzker Architecture Prize and one year later Rizzoli released a monograph presenting fifty years of his buildings and projects. I was familiar with some of Mendes da Rocha’s buildings beforehand, having featured the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture and Square of the Patriarch on my weekly website a few years before, but all of a sudden the architect and his buildings were receiving a lot of attention — deservedly so. Mendes da Rocha’s words in print are few, though, compared to the dissemination of photographs and his distinctive, minimal sketches, so this collection of essays, interviews, and lectures is very welcome.

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