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Our crowdfunding campaign at Catarse is open for the new edition of Brazilian architecture’s most wanted (and dearest) book. Edited by Publisher Romano Guerra in 2001, the monumental RINO LEVI – arquitetura e cidade is sold out for more than ten years.

If you live abroad and want to be part of the crowdfunding campaign, contact us through to calculate the shipping cost and further informations.

Edited by Publisher Romano Guerra
Second edition of our first #livrodepeso!

The project


Our crowdfunding campaign at Catarse is open for the new edition of Brazilian architecture’s most wanted (and dearest) book. Edited by Publisher Romano Guerra in 2001, the monumental RINO LEVI – arquitetura e cidade is sold out for more than ten years.

We finally have the chance to bring back to bookshelves all over Brazil – and even around the world – a volume that was essential to regain one of most relevant figures of Brazilian architectonical production. Along with Lúcio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Oswaldo Bratke and Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Rino Levi formed Brazil’s first generation of modern architects. His office designed several canonical buildings like the Cultural Artística Theater, FIESP, Prudência building, Guarani building, and Sul-americano Bank, among others. As the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo described (photo below), until 2000 there was no knowledge of how many designs Levi’s office had built. But now, thanks to this book, we know!

“Rino”, as it is more commonly called, is a great big book: it includes the architect’s biography, a complete listing of his designs with over than 600 images (sketches, drawings, and photos), original photographic essays by Nelson Kon, an extensive bibliography, and an English version! This book is a result of Renato Anelli’s doctoral dissertation and of the iconographical research developed by Abilio Guerra’s team.

A GREAT BIG BOOK that is sold out for more than a decade and, now, it’s a rare finding disputed like gold in used-book shops (virtual and in person)!


This much requested new edition is even better – if that is possible! With the same content, this book has an entirely new graphic design: more compact in size, but with larger photos!

RINO LEVI – arquitetura e cidade was the first book published by Romano Guerra, and its return to bookshelves of the younger generation of architects is the realization of our biggest dream. However, for this dream to come true, we need your support and your help publicizing it to make this beautiful campaign a big success! Help us to publish a new edition of our first #livrodepeso!

We are counting on you! <3

#rinolevi #livrosdepeso


Publishing a new edition of a big book – its 26cm by 26cm! –, widely illustrated – more than 600 IMAGES between photos and drawings! –, and rigorously edited like Rino Levi is not an easy task! To ensure its high quality, we have several costs: images copyright, an updated design, production team, printing, publicity, and distribution.

Your help is extremely important! Be part of the team that will make possible another historical edition about Brazilian architecture!


The photographer Nelson Kon was so excited about the possibility of this book new edition that he decided to donate 4 exclusive photos for the campaign! Now, they are among the rewards and it is a unique opportunity to have an original Nelson Kon hanging on your wall for just a fraction of the normal price!

Which photos? Take a look below

photo Paulista Avenue 1 – size 50 x 50cm

photo Sedes Sapientiae – size 60 x 40cm

photo Residence Olivo Gomes – size 60 x 40cm

photo Paulista Avenue 2 – size 50 x 50cm

We are really excited because this campaign comes from a strong believe in preserving our architectural legacy and in leaving it for the next generations. There are so many people being part of it, that we realized we are not alone. However, we still need your help to bring back this wonderful book. Be part of the team that will make possible another historical edition about Brazilian architecture!


Renato Anelli
Architect and urban planner, master and PhD, researcher at CNPq, and tenure-track professor at IAU USP São Carlos. He was also a visiting professor in the Department of Art History and Archaelogy at Columbia University (Fall 2016, FAPESP). As Counselor at Lina Bo and P. M. Bardi Institute, he was responsible for organizing the architect’s centennial commemorations (2014/2015) and for the Glass House Project for the program Keeping it Modern (The Getty Foundation), in partnership with IAU USP. From 2015 to 2018, Anelli coordinated São Carlos pole of the Institute of Advanced Studies of USP. Between 2001-2004, he acted as a Municipal Secretary for Building Developments, Transportation, and Public Services at São Carlos. Furthermore, Renato Anelli is the author of the book Architettura Contemporanea: Brasile (Milan, 2008) and editor of Casas de Vidro / Glass Houses (2018).

Abilio Guerra
Architect and urban planner, master and PhD (IFCH UNICAMP), and professor at FAU MACKENZIE. Acted as Curator – at the exhibitions “Arquitetura brasileira: viver na floresta” (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, 2010) and “Território de contato” (along with Marta Bogéa, SESC Pompéia, 2012) – Jury (Montevideo, 2006; Lisbon, 2008), and Brazilian Deputy of Ibero-American Biennial (Medellin, 2010; Cádiz, 2012). Also, organized the 10th edition of Foro Internacional de Arquitectura (Quito, 2009); coordinated the workshop Rios Urbanos (FAU USP, 2003); and idealized the Special Conferences (1997 and 1999) and coordinated the Debates Forum (2003) at São Paulo Architecture Biennial. Abilio Guerra is author of the books O primitivismo em Mário de Mário de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade e Raul Bopp (2010) and Architecture and Nature (2017), and edited Textos fundamentais sobre a história da arquitetura moderna brasileira (2010).

Nelson Kon
Architect and urban planner (FAU USP, 1983), specialized in architectural photography, with photos published by the main Brazilian and foreign publishers. He dedicated the last decade to register Brazilian architectural and artistic heritage for the National Institute for Historical and Artistic Heritage – IPHAN. Kon’s works were registered in two monographic books, both named Nelson Kon (SENAC, 2004; Coleção Ipsis de Fotografia, 2013). He teached photography at Oficina Mário de Andrade, Mackenzie University, and Faculdade de Comunicações e Artes do SENAC SP. His photos are held in private collections and the “Pirelli/MASP” collection. In 2013, the Paulista Association of Art Critics – APCA awarded him with Prize at modality “Architecture Register.”


The Publisher Romano Guerra is specialized in architectural, urban planning, art, and culture books. Its editions are characterized by the graphic– photo, drawing, graphic design, finishing – and conceptual quality – research, text, historical precision. Led by Silvana Romano Santos and Abilio Guerra, the publisher edited books of excellence that deserved several prizes and distinctions from the Brazilian Institute of Architects, Institute of British Architects, Comité International des Critiques d’Architecture, and Jabuti, among other institutions.

Publisher Romano Guerra
Abilio Guerra, Silvana Romano and Fernanda Critelli

Campaign producers
André Scarpa, Helena Guerra, and Caio Guerra

Movies and animations
Irmãos Guerra Filmes


Crowdfunding campaign at Catarse 

For questions, suggestions and further informations, contact us through e-mail:

RG – #livrosdepeso #rinolevi

New edition: Rino Levi, arquitetura e cidade / Rino Levi, architecture and city

Romano Guerra Editora
São Paulo, SP, Brasil


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