A rapid overview of the women who stand out on the international architecture scene today must necessarily start with Lina Bo Bardi, an Italian architect who rose to fame after moving to Brazil. To mark the centennial of her birth, Maxxi in Rome, a museum designed by another famous woman architect, Zaha Hadid, dedicated an exhibition to her: Lina Bo Bardi in Italia / Quello che volevo, era avere Storia(“Lina Bo Bardi in Italy / What I wanted was to have History”).
Another woman, Cini Boeri, an architect and designer who has risen to success in Italy and abroad, was the subject of an exhibition at SpazioFMG, the Milanese gallery of Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, run by the Floornature editorial staff: Cini Boeri Progettando la gioia (“Cini Boeri: Designing Joy”) curated by Luca Molinari and Alessandro Benetti, closed on 6 February 2015.
Another exhibition, but of photographs of architecture, Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light, is organised by the Julius Shulman Institute and Woodbury University and focuses on the work of the famous photographer, closing at the end of March.
Going on to the projects, in the past few weeks Floornature has presented the work of a number of young architectural studios founded by women. These include interior design projects such as the Spinhouse designed by microstudio in Milan, renovation of a former garage in Meina by Cristina Meschi or Jeanne B restaurant by the Paris studio C comme C. As well as architectural projects such as: the Angolan Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 by architect Paula Nascimento, La comedie de Bethune theatre by architect Manuelle Gautrand or the new Beijing airport terminal designed by Zaha Hadid.