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Architecture of the City (Oppositions books) [Hardcover]

Aldo Rossi , D. Ghirardo
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May 1982 Oppositions books
Aldo Rossi, a practicing architect and leader of the Italian architectural movement La Tendenza, is also one of the most influential theorists writing today. The Architecture of the City is 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, the book has become immensely popular among architects and design students.An Oppositions Book.
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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (May 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262181010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262181013
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,432,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Written 17 years ago, at a time when the Italian student movement had just begun and interdisciplinary design methodologies enjoyed popularity, [ The Architecture of the City ] was one of the first major reassessments of the Modern Movement. In contrast to Robert Venturi"s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture , appearing in the same year, Rossi"s critique focuses not on the sterility of forms or the rejection of stylistic imagery in modern architecture, but rather, as the title suggests, on the neglect and destruction of the" city, the repository of "the collective memory of man."... Perhaps most important to Americans, who face a resurgence of idiosyncratic and highly personal designs, is Rossi"s emphasis on the collective, the public realm. He reminds us that individual reputations and accomplishments are less important that our cities themselves." Mary McLeod , Design Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Aldo Rossi was an Italian architect and architecture theorist and the author of The Architecture of the City (MIT Press, 1984) and other books. He was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1990. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cities with Collective Memories 7 Jan 2011
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Aldo Rossi was a major contributor to architecture and architectural theory. This book contains some of his thoughts about city design. He is concerned with typologies, that he argues persist throughout the ages as part of a 'collective memory'. He discusses the Courtyard Type, The Aldephi District in London, the Amphitheater, amongst many others.
Rossi made it acceptable for architects to enjoy, take inspiration and learn from historical precedent again, after it was chucked out and declared invalid by Modernists.
The book contains lots of plans, drawings, engravings and paintings that convey Rossi's arguments - in fact they form image essays in their own right. The book suitably presented in bright orange in a square format. It is a delight to have it upon my book shelves and I recommed it to geographers, planners, critical thinkers, architects and those concerned with the history of our built environment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read 22 Sep 2013
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Over witten, all 179 pages should probably be condensed down to about 60 which would then we worth reading. The language is sometimes inaccessible and the writing style bizarre, for example, paragraph one: Tell you 'something', paragraph two: Tell you why this 'something' isn't useful, paragraph 3: reiterate the 'something' from paragraph 1. Had high hope for this book in writing a thesis on the importance of history in urban planning and have been bitterly disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I believe in it. 9 Dec 2011
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Sometimes when I feel lost in a city I read it, it teaches me how to read the city. I believe in it.
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the book has a wonderfull message for all the world, his arquitecture shows a lot of concept, since the being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible and different 3 July 1998
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i liked it and would recommend it to a friends family
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