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Discovering Aldo Rossi: Architectural Theories and Legacy

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Aldo Rossi © Moira Forastiere Defining Rossi’s Architectural Theories Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) was an architect whose theories evolved throughout his career without radical changes. His refined architectural theories showcased his expertise and unique vision, making...

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Defining Rossi’s Architectural Theories

Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) was an architect whose theories evolved throughout his career without radical changes. His refined architectural theories showcased his expertise and unique vision, making him stand out among his peers.

Aldo Rossi Architecture and Style

Rossi's architectural style was rooted in dialogue and integration with the past. He used archetypes and repeated elementary geometric forms to create innovative yet traditional projects. One of his notable designs was the Piazza Nuova, a long brick-paved pedestrian square. It resembled other Umbrian squares and aimed to preserve the city's historical context while bringing a fresh perspective.

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Aldo Rossi Architecture and Art of the Analogue City

One of Rossi's remarkable features was his ability to incorporate existing structures into his designs. For instance, in Perugia, he incorporated an old smokestack from a confetti and chocolates factory dating back to the 1920s. This brick tower symbolized the city's industrial heritage and added an intriguing element to the surrounding park.

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Rossi's masterpiece, the Piazza Nuova, was initially planned to feature a theater. Although the project was never completed, the charm of the monument remains intact. Today, the municipal authority is working on redeveloping the square, finally bringing to life the social and urban role envisioned by Rossi.

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Aldo Rossi: The City as The Locus of Collective Memory and the Making of the Public City in Cold War Italy

Aldo Rossi's architectural theories were deeply influenced by the politics of the Cold War era. He believed that the city's morphology was rooted in antifascist sentiments and represented the collective memory of its inhabitants. His work reflected an emerging political consciousness and a commitment to societal well-being.

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Aldo Rossi’s Search for Truth and Constancy

Aldo Rossi is widely recognized as the father of neo-rationalism and a prominent figure in 20th-century architecture. His career can be divided into two phases: a period of architectural theory development and a later phase where he began building extensively.

Rossi believed in the constancy of architectural forms throughout history, seeking a timeless truth in his work. He acknowledged that human creations are temporary, subject to the whims of politicians or gradual assimilation into nature. However, even as architecture disappears, remnants of its existence endure, defining the everlasting architectural truth.

Bibliographic References

  1. ©EREDI ALDO ROSSI, COURTESY FONDAZIONE ALDO ROSSI
  2. https://divisare.com/projects/419060-aldo-rossi-moira-forastiere-la-piazza-nuova-di-fontivegge
  3. https://www.aboutumbriamagazine.eu/2020/06/24/aldo-rossi-and-piazza-nuova-in-fontivegge/
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