By Anne Leader
Aldo Rossi, Italian architect, theorist, and designer, was born on 3 May 1931 in Milan, the city where he spent a good portion of his career and died at age 66 in 1997. A proponent of postmodernism and Neo-Rationalism, Rossi became known for his designs based on repetitive, simple forms drawn on rational Modernism and archetypal historic forms. He taught architecture in Milan, Venice, and in several locales in the United States, Switzerland, and Germany. After great acclaim at the 1979 Venice Biennale for his Teatro del Mondo, Rossi became more involved with industrial design, providing ideas for Alessi and Longoni. Rossi received the Pritzker Prize in 1990.
Reference: Robert M. Maxwell. “Rossi, Aldo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press..
Teatro del Mondo, drawing, 1980
Aldo Rossi ca. 1986
Scholastic Building, New York, 2001
Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, exterior and central staircase, 1995
Alessi Il conico, stainless steel kettle, 1986
Rossi with Paris Chair designed for Unifor, 1990