Aldo Rossi (3 May 1931 – 4 September 1997)
Aldo Rossi was an Italian architect and designer who accomplished the unusual feat of achieving international recognition in four distinct areas: theory, drawing, architecture and product design. He is considered by many to be the greatest Italian architect of the post-modern era.
A Milan native, Rossi received a degree in architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in 1959. His career as a theorist began when he worked with Ernesto Rogers on the leading Italian architecture magazine Casabella-Continuita (1955-1964). In 1966 Aldo Rossi published the book The Architecture of the City. Rossi argued against the harsh values of modernity describing the city as something that must be built up over time that remembers it’s past through monuments. Apart from his architectural theory and practice, Aldo would design several iconic pieces for italian manufacturer – Alessi, such as the La Conica espresso maker, and the Il Conico kettle.
Aldo’s work is well recognised and continues to inspire a new generation of architects and city planners. His work is known for it’s reduction, abstraction, repetition and prodigious vocabulary of geometry and primary shapes. Ada Louise Huxtable, architectural critic and Pritzker juror has described Rossi as “a poet who happens to be an architect.”