The Life and History of Aldo Rossi

Topics: Italy, Venice Biennale, Venice Pages: 2 (372 words) Published: June 27, 2011
Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi was born on May 3,1931 in Milan Italy. In 1949 he started studying architecture and in 1959 he graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan. In 1966 his book was published "l'Architettura Della Città" (The Architecture of the City), which established him as the leading international theoretician. Starting in 1975, Aldo Rossi taught at the faculty of architecture in Venice and in the following years he also held lectures regularly at several major American universities. In 1983 Rossi was nominated managing director of the department of architecture for the biennale Di Venezia.

Rossi has won many awards for his research in both architecture and industrial design. In 1990 he won the Pritzker prize and in 1992 he was given the Thomas Jefferson medal in architecture as well as the "campione d'italia" nel mondo prize. He was nominated honourary member of the American academy of arts and letters of New York. Rossi argued that over the course of history architecture has developed certain continuous forms and ideas. To Rossi the modern city is an “artifact” of these architectural constants.

Rossi’s Gallaratese housing scheme (1969–73) in Milan is an enormous concrete structure built to house 2,400 people. Rossi was also sometimes classified simply as a postmodernist because he rejected aspects of Modernism and utilized aspects of historical styles. Rossi gained international attention at the Venice Biennale in 1979 when he designed the Teatro del Mondo, a floating theatre. He was more then just a theoretician and teacher than an architect of built works. Rossi spent much of the 1970s and early 1980s teaching at universities in the U.S.

I like Aldo Rossi because he wasn’t only just an architect, he was a professor as well. I like the fact that he was a teacher because the things he know has now been past through generations. Although he died at the age sixty-six which isn’t very old, I think he has accomplished a lot of goals in...
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