Fonds Aldo Rossi
1953-1997, predominant 1962-1997
The fonds documents the professional practice of architect Aldo Rossi, as well as of his firm, Studio di Architettura (SDA). It chiefly illustrates architectural, urban planning, design, and installation projects by Rossi and SDA, with significant Italian, German and Japanese projects particularly well represented. Additionally, the fonds includes material relating to exhibitions and some material on publications that feature the work of Rossi and his firm. Photographic materials created, collected, and used by Rossi and SDA, as well as administrative records and other materials relating to office activities, operations and events are also present in the fonds. Material in this fonds was produced between 1953 and 1997, predominantly from 1962 to 1997.
The fonds contains architectural drawings, representing nearly every project by Rossi and his firm, and including predominantly design development and presentation drawings, and also including conceptual and working drawings. The textual records in the fonds also represent nearly every project by Rossi and his firm, and notably include a significant number of sketches and conceptual and design development drawings, as well as many copies of presentation and working drawings. The textual records also notably include correspondence, architects' reports and statements, building programmes, competition entries and programmes, technical reports, specifications, administrative records, financial records, contracts, notes, and photographic materials illustrating activities of the firm and travels by Rossi. Also present in the fonds are twelve presentation models and four study models. The fonds is arranged in 2 series: Projects; Exhibitions and Publications.
Aldo Rossi began his architectural practice in 1959. In the 1980s he expanded his firm, Studio di Architettura (SDA), also known as Aldo Rossi Studio di architettura and Studio di architettura Aldo Rossi, opening offices in New York City, New York in 1986 with Morris Adjmi, the Hague, Netherlands in 1987 with Umberto Barbieri, and Tokyo, Japan in 1989 with Toyota Horiguchi.
Milan, Italy, 3 May 1931 - Milan, Italy, 4 September 1997
Aldo Rossi was born in Milan, Italy on 3 May 1931. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University in Milan and received his degree in 1959 having acted as course assistant to Ludovico Quaroni and Carlo Aymonino. From 1955 to 1964 he served as editor of Casabella. Rossi taught at the Polytechnic University in Milan from 1965 to 1971 and at the Institute of Structural Engineering ETH Zürich, from 1972 to 1975. His most influential publications include The Architecture of the City (L'architettura della città, 1966) and A Scientific Autobiography (Autobiografia scientifica, 1981). Aldo Rossi was awarded the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1990. He died in a car accident in Milan on 4 September 1997.
The Aldo Rossi records remained in the custody of the firm until their transfer to the CCA in 2000. Before that date the records were stored in Milan and New York.
In Milan, records were stored at the Aldo Rossi Studio di Architettura (SDA), Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 9. Materials stored there included drawings held in plastic tubes, models and project files contained in variously coloured document binders. A selection of 296 drawings presented at the 1999 Triennale di Milano arrived separately after the close of that exhibition.
In New York, records were stored at SDA, 45 East 20th Street. Materials stored there included drawings, documents and some models, primarily for projects undertaken through the New York office.
Aldo Rossi fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
Documents are in Italian, English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese, with some in Danish, Latin, Catalan, Greek, Galician, Arabic, Swedish, Russian, and Serbo-Croatian.
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