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aldo rossi
(1931 - 1997)

rossi was born in milan the 3rd of may 1931. in 1959 he graduated from the polytechnic
university of milan. his book "l'architettura della città" was published 1966.

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. aldo rossi has won many awards for his research in
both architecture and industrial design.

in 1990 he won the the pritzker prize and in 1992 he was given the 1991
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 and in 1997 he also received the 1996 cultura prize for the architecture
and design sector. aldo rossi died the 4th of september in milan the same year.

05.12.96 ca' di cozzi:
this is rossi's last architectural project.
we are very happy to present these previously unpublished sketches and drawings
by aldo rossi. the whole area measures 67,00 mc. rossi was asked to create a
district with shops, offices and apartments.

the following text, written by rossi, is his description of the project:
architectual report
the district is located just outside the gates of verona, were the city meshes
with the hills and surpasses the confusing structures of the outskirts. although the land
was previously lotted, this project has reclaimed its autonomy and naturally conforms
to the historical and topographical characteristics of verona. these characteristics,
which emerged from the roman city, have become architecture.

this project has been based on three main elements: the green open space of the hills,
the hierarchy among residences and offices, and finally the reference to,
not the copying of, venetian architecture.

the two office buildings are reminiscent of the basilica vicentina, a public building
par excellence. palladio also referred to a previous design, but it might be
that he found great architecture in this difficulty. this is where the analogy
with the palladian basilica ends, even though, using the consolidated urban model,
the residences are situated around the two office buildings with a minor architecture
without rejecting the picturesque

the idea is that the entire district is constructed with local materials.
the most important among them is the red stone of verona, then comes ' biancone '
and other materials. the stone used in the residences, partly plastered,
constitutes a high base from which the crock mortar wall assumes either bright
and pale colourings.
the alternation of the red stone and the biancone is the principal characteristic linking
the monuments and the urban continuation of verona in a single vision

the residence floor plans, able to meet many different familial and personal needs,
show how good architecture optimizes the constructive and organizational functions.
the same can be said about the materials: of course it is not always be possible
to use materials like stone, but on the other hand the myths of cement and the
fast prefabrication have fallen. architecture is facing a problem,
especially in the big cities, where new solutions are badly needed.

but these houses are like models for a historical city or better the historical city
where beauty consists of many things, especially the mixture of residences and
monuments, of past and present and the rules and the relationships of construction
are carefully illustrated and respected; they are both safeguards and limitations,
in the hopes that a wider point of view, which all of us would like,
will create a more progressive dialogue. present.

aldo rossi, milano 3 dicembre 1996


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a view over the hills,
original sketch, by aldo rossi, 1996

the fountain,
original sketch, by aldo rossi, 1996

prospect and section of the office buildings,
including the basilica

main building with basilica
original sketch, by aldo rossi, 1996