The Deborah J. Norden Fund 2008

Remy Bertin: “Contextual modernism for the New Khmer”
Angela Starita: “Lina Bo Bardi’s restoration plans for Salvador, Brazil”

The Deborah J. Norden Fund, a program of The Architectural League of New York, was established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden. The competition awards up to $5,000 annually in travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.

In 2008, the Architectural League awarded two grants: one to Remy Bertin for “Contextual modernism for the New Khmer,” and another to Angela Starita for “Lina Bo Bardi’s restoration plans for Salvador, Brazil.”

“Contextual modernism for the New Khmer”

Remy Bertin

“Lina Bo Bardi’s restoration plans for Salvador, Brazil”

Angela Starita travelled to São Paulo and Salvador, Brazil, to investigate Lina Bo Bardi’s mid-1980s plans for the restoration of the historic center of Salvador, the Pelourinho. In order to rehabilitate this area without converting it into a tourist zone, Bo Bardi designed a ‘pressure point strategy’ whereby specific crucial areas were intervened to keep the Pelourinho a vital part of the city and serve instead of displace its residents. Sartita studied Bo Bardi’s plans and the buildings that were constructed before the abandonment of the plan in the late 1980’s, as well as the architect’s broader vision and works.

Angela Starita is a writer and a doctoral candidate in architectural history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has published articles in the Architect’s Newspaper, Dwell, The New York Times, and many other publications.

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