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Lota de Macedo Soares

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Name  Lota Macedo

Role  Architect
A metallic structure house of Lota de Macedo Soares

Died  September 25, 1967, New York, United States

Similar  Lina Bo Bardi, Anna Maria Niemeyer, Elizabeth de Portzamparc

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Maria Carlota Costallat de Macedo Soares (March 16, 1910 – September 25, 1967) was a well-connected Brazilian woman, that became a well known landscape designer and architect, though she had no degree in either area, who was invited to design and oversee the construction of Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro. She was born in Paris, France, a member of a prominent political family in Rio de Janeiro. She was invited by governor Carlos Lacerda to be one of the architects responsible for the Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro.

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A metallic structure house of Lota de Macedo Soares

Lota, as she was known, had a relationship with the American poet Elizabeth Bishop from 1951 to 1967. Bishop dedicated her 1965 volume of poems Questions of Travel to her. Their relationship is depicted in the Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon, based on the book Flores Raras e Banalíssimas (in English, Rare and Commonplace Flowers), by Carmen Lucia de Oliveira, as well as in the book The More I Owe You, by American author Michael Sledge.

A black and white photo of Lota de Macedo Soares

In 1967, Soares joined Bishop in New York, after a period of extensive hospitalization for a nervous breakdown. The same day she arrived in New York, 19 September 1967, Soares took an overdose of tranquilizers. It is believed the problems with her work and her failing relationship with Elizabeth Bishop were what sent her over the edge. She died several days later.

Lota de Macedo Soares wearing eyeglasses

Her relationship with Elizabeth Bishop and with the politician Carlos Lacerda, as well as her involvement in the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état, is the subject of the 2013 film Reaching for the Moon, directed by Bruno Barreto and starring Gloria Pires, and of Michael Sledge's 2010 novel The More I Owe You.

Lota de Macedo Soares and Elizabeth Bishop

Lota de macedo soares vive no parque do flamengo homenagem



A modern house of Lota de Macedo Soares
Lota de Macedo Soares wearing a dress and eyeglasses
A black and white modern house of Lota de Macedo Soares
A house of Lota de Macedo Soares located on top of a rocky terrain
House of Lota de Macedo Soares surrounded by plants and trees

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Lota de Macedo Soares Wikipedia


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