Aldo Rossi

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Aldo Rossi, 1970.
Born May 3, 1931(1931-05-03)
Milan, Italy
Died September 4, 1997(1997-09-04) (aged 66)
Milan, Italy
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Architect, designer, artist, theoretician, teacher, and author, Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) is the most well-known figure in Italian architecture for the post-1968 period, and one of the most important architects of the second half of the 20th century. Founder of the Neo-Rationalist movement, Rossi published two influential books that have been basic reading for architects and students since their publication: L’architettura della città [The Architecture of the City] (1966), and Scientific Autobiography (1981).

His architectural work is based on a limited vocabulary of original forms inspired by the architecture of his native northern Italy (cone, chimney, baptistery, theatre, and passageway). Buildings seem to be drawn from a memory that exists outside time itself, the result of a meditation on history and the very essence of architecture, as exemplified in such haunting works as the San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena (1971-1978), and the ephemeral floating Teatro del Mondo (1979) in Venice.

Rossi taught and lectured in Italy, Switzerland, the United States, and Germany. He also designed furniture as well as functional objects, such as his famous teapot, for the Italian firm Alessi. (Source)


The Architecture of the City [1966], 1982, Log, PDF.
"La città analoga: tavola / The Analogous City: Panel", 1976, PDF.
A Scientific Autobiography, 1981, PDF.
  • L'architettura della città, Padova: Marsilio, 1966; Torino: CittàStudi, 2006, 235 pp; new ed., Macerata: Quodlibet, 2011. (Italian)
    • La arquitectura de la ciudad, intro. Salvador Tarragó Cid, trans. María Ferrer Ferrer, Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1971, 239+13 pp; repr., 2013. (Spanish)
    • Die Architektur der Stadt, trans. Arianna Giachi, Düsseldorf: Bertelsmann, 1973; new ed., Munich: Technische Universität, 1998, 117 pp; new ed., Birkhäuser, 2015. Publisher. (German)
    • A arquitectura da cidade, trans. José Charters Monteiro and José da Nóbrega Sousa Martins, Lisbon: Cosmos, 1977, 260+28 pp. (Portuguese)
    • L'architecture de la ville, trans. Françoise Brun, Paris: L'Equerre, 1981, 295 pp. (French)
    • The Architecture of the City, intro. Peter Eisenman, trans. Diane Ghirardo and Joan Ockman, Chicago: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, New York: Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, and MIT Press, 1982, 208 pp.
    • Άλντο Ρόσι, Ē architektonikē tēs polēs [Η Αρχιτεκτονική της Πόλης], Thessalonikē: University Studio Press, 1991, 354 pp. (Greek)
    • A arquitetura da cidade, trans. Eduardo Brandão, São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 1995; 2nd ed., 2001, 309 pp. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • Arhitektura grada, trans. Sanja Bingula, foreword Ivan Mucko, Karlovac: Naklada Društva arhitekata građevinara i geodeta Karlovac, 1999, 304 pp. (Croatian)
    • Arhitektura grada, trans. Aleksandra Stanić, foreword Ranko Radović, Belgrade: Građevinska knjiga, 343 pp, 2000. (Serbian)
  • "Introduzione", in Étienne-Louis Boullée, Architettura. Saggio sull'arte, Padova: Marsilio, 1967, pp 7-24. (Italian)
  • Rossi, et al., Architettura razionale, Milan: F. Angeli, 1973, 267 pp. Exhibition catalogue of the XV Triennale di Milano, 1973, of which Rossi was principal curator. (Italian) Review: Moschini (1973).
  • "An Analogical Architecture", trans. David Stewart, a+u (Architecture and Urbanism) 56, Tokyo: A+U Publishing, May 1976, pp 74-76; repr. & intro. in Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory, 1965-1995, ed. Kate Nesbitt, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996. (English)
    • "Uma arquitetura analógica", in Uma nova agenda para a arquitetura: antologia teórica, 1965-1995, ed. Kate Nesbitt, São Paulo: CosacNaify, 2006, pp 379-383. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • A Scientific Autobiography, trans. Lawrence Venuti, postscript Vincent Scully, MIT Press, 1981, 119 pp. (English)
    • Autobiographie scientifique, trans. Catherine Peyre, Marseilles: Parentheses, 1988. (French)
    • Wissenschaftliche Selbtsbiographie, trans. Heinrich Helfenstein, Bern: Gachnang & Springer, 1988, 154 pp. (German)
    • Autobiografia scientifica, Parma: Pratiche, 1990, 106 pp; new ed., Milan: Il Saggiatore, 2009. (Italian)
    • Wetenschappelijke autobiografie, trans. Evianne de Kup with Henk Hoeks, afterw. Umberto Barbieri, Nijmegen: SUN, 1994. (Dutch)
    • Epistēmonikē autoviographia, trans. Kōnstantinos Patestos, Athens: Estia, 1995, 226 pp. (Greek)
    • Vědecká autobiografie, trans. Jiří Špaček, Prague: Arbor vitae, 2005, 120+7 pp. (Czech)