Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi (May 3, 1931- September 4, 1997) was an Italian architect and designer who accomplished the unusual feat of achieving international recognition in three distinct areas: theory, drawing, and architecture.

Rossi was born in Milan, Italy. He graduated in architecture in 1959 from the Politecnico di Milano.

His earliest works of the 1960s were mostly theoretical and displayed a simultaneous influence of 1920s Italian modernism (see Giuseppe Terragni), classicist influences of 19th century architect Adolf Loos, and the reflections of the painter Giorgio De Chirico.

In his writings Rossi criticized the lack of understanding of the city in current architectural practice. He argued that a city must be studied and valued as something constructed over time; of particular interest are urban artifacts that withstand the passage of time. Rossi held that the city remembers its past (our "collective memory"), and that we use that memory through monuments; that is, monuments give structure to the city.

He became extremely influential in the late 1970s and 1980s as his body of built work expanded and for his theories promoted in his books "The Architecture of the City" ("L'architettura della città", 1966) and "A Scientific Autobiography" ("Autobiografia scientifica", 1981).

Aldo Rossi died in a car accident in September 1997 in Milan.

Neo-Rationalist movement

Rossi is considered the founder of the Neo-Rationalist movement known as "La Tendenza" (see Rationalism). His influence in shaping European architectural thinking during this period is often compared to that of Robert Venturi in the USA; however, Rossi was clearly progressing "Modernist" views that were based on European urbanism whereas Venturi was a "Post-Modernist".

Main works


* Gallaratese Quarter II in Milan, Italy (1974) with Carlo Aymonino []
* Quartier Schützenstrasse in Berlin, Germany (1994-98) Photos []
* San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, Italy []
* Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy.
* Palazzo Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan (1986).
* "Centro direzionale", Perugia, Italy
* Ca' di Cozzi in Verona, Italy, his last project []

Such products have been designed for Alessi, Pirelli, and others.


For the Venice Biennale in 1979 he designed a floating "Teatro del Mondo" [] that seated 250 that was towed out to sea.


He won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1990. Ada Louise Huxtable, architectural critic and Pritzker juror, has described Rossi as "a poet who happens to be an architect."

External links

* [ Pritzker Prize] web page on Rossi.
* [ Bonnefanten Biography]

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