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.