Inês Lobo; João Rosário
In the Francisco Rodrigues Lobo Secondary School in Leiria, Portugal, and the many schools and other projects which she has made, invention and elegance are the characteristics of the work of Inês Lobo. She states that the main purpose of architecture is to build a better world for all. She refers to the words of Lina Bo Bardi: “Deep down I see architecture as a collective service and poetry. Something that has nothing to do with art, a sort of life between discovery and scientific practice. It is a hard road, but it is the way of architecture”.
Lobo’s project for the redesigning of Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi in Bergamo, Italy is an act of transformation. It is in a very particular location, with layers of the pre-existing, nature and artifice. She asks the question: what was missing? The ambition of the project is to re-state urban meaning and re-articulate urban relationships. A circular bench, surrounded by eight Sour Cherry trees and scented vegetation, that affects space in a special way, forms the new focus of energy. For the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, elements of the Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi project are presented in such a way as to communicate to the visitor the logic behind the project.