Rossi, Aldo

Rossi, Aldo

Rossi, Aldo, 1931-97, Italian architectb. Milan; grad. Milan Polytechnic (1959). He began working for the design magazine Casabella-Continuità in 1954 and became its editor a decade later. His book The Architecture of the City (1966, tr. 1982) is a classic of modern architectural theory. Rossi is noted for the timeless quality of his designs. and his buildings, which are largely reduced to their geometrical essentials, skillfully exploit the lively interplay of light and shadow. His best-known projects include the cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena (begun 1971); a floating theater at the 1980 Venice Biennale; the Palazzo Hotel, Fukuoka, Japan (1989); the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, the Netherlands (1994); and the Disney Development Corp., Celebration, Fla. (1995). Rossi also designed furniture and household items and taught at the Architecture Institute in Venice and several American universities. He was awarded the 1990 Pritzker Prize.

See his A Scientific Autobiography (1981); A. Ferlenga, ed., Aldo Rossi: The Life and Works of an Architect (2001).

Rossi is an Italian surname, said to be the most common surname in Italy. Due to Italian emigration, it is also very common in other countries, including the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Rossi is the plural of Rosso (meaning red in Italian). It is also a Finnish surname, not connected with the Italian one.

The name Rossi has been used frequently by various historical sources as The Rossi or Varangian Rossi in reference to an originally Scandinavian tribe that purportedly gave rise to the people known as the Rus' (people).

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