Aldo Rossi
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1984, English; originally published in Italian
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780262680431

Pritzker Prize-winning architect and influential theorist Aldo Rossi (1931–97) was a leader of the Italian architectural movement La Tendenza. The Architecture of the City, his major work of architectural and urban theory. In part a protest against functionalism and the Modern Movement, in part an attempt to restore the craft of architecture to its position as the only valid object of architectural study, and in part an analysis of the rules and forms of the city's construction.

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David Adjaye

A pivotal account of the evolution of the European city.

Mohsen Mostafavi

This is one of the most concise reflections on the relationship between architecture and the city. Rossi brings together his knowledge of history, sociology, and geography to enhance our urban imagination.

Jorge Silvetti

A brilliant reading of the city as a construction of culture and a form of collective memory that exposes the poverty of most current planning ideologies.

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