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Powell's Books: A Baker's Dozen Special Edition
Adam Lehrer , August 22nd, 2020 08:03

Electronic music producer Powell picks favourite books by Baudrillard, Derrida, Kafka, and Susan Sontag

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Lina Bo Bardi, Stones Against Diamonds
I studied art history at university, but a lot of that was architectural. That’s where my interest in architecture started, though I’m not a connoisseur. Bo Bardi’s work is a bit like Xenakis in a way. Although she’s an architect, she writes about things you wouldn’t always associate with architecture. One thing that sticks in my mind that she says is how the state of a city can be defined by what window displays in department stores look like. She moved from Italy to Brazil, becoming influential in Brazil. She talks about falling in love with semi-rare gemstones, the ones that are a bit beaten up, instead of prioritising the ones that are gold or silver. She doesn’t think of architecture as this all conquering thing, it’s very much about people in space and how the building emerges from the local earth.