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Cities with Collective Memories
on 7 January 2011
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.