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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (Jan. 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262514389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262514385
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #715,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As nostalgia has swept the architectural community in recent years, one of the most Proustian design sensibilities to emerge has been that of Italian architect Aldo Rossi. The enfant terrible of Italy's 1960s Tendenza group, which fulminated against the modern movement, Rossi published influential polemics and kept an equally eloquent personal record in the form of notebooks, which MIT has published as the handsome A Scientific Autobiography.... His own reminiscences convents and castles, the emotional pull of holy statuary, Melville's dramatics, an adolescent's fear of death, a young artist's ways with life fill his lyrical, erudite notebooks.


A document of architectural imagination rather than a merely autobiographical or abstractly theoretical text.... Rossi allows his thoughts to roam freely from childhood memories to philosophical observations about architecture tout court.... His own projects attempt, and his writings explain, the creation of a magic triangle whose sides are symbolic of life, death, and illusion.

(Kurt Forster, architectural historian)

About the Author

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.

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an unappreciated masterpiece Oct. 18 2002
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This is my second favorite book of all time on the subject of architecture. The over appreciated invisible cities, by Italo Calvino, still holds at number one. But this book is sadly left behind. Difficult and dense, it is nonetheless one of the most profound and poignant reflections on architecture and man's place in the world. Rossi shows us just how intimately architecture is connected to man's search for happiness, and how it participates in our mortality, our will to live. Read this and love the human project just a little bit more.