Melancholy And Architecture: On Aldo Rossi by Diogo Seixas LopesMelancholy And Architecture: On Aldo Rossi by Diogo Seixas Lopes

Melancholy And Architecture: On Aldo Rossi

byDiogo Seixas Lopes

Hardcover | June 15, 2015

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Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-97) is a crucial figure in twentieth-century architecture, his work highly influential in both theory and practice. Working in Italy and throughout Europe after World War II, he disputed the then-dominant credos of the modernists-and even went so far as to question the very status of his profession. Discarding utopian pretenses, his work claimed the autonomy of architecture with formal restraint.

In Melancholy and Architecture, Diogo Seixas Lopes looks at Rossi's work through the lens of a term often used to describe Rossi's work: melancholy. While the influence of melancholy on literature and the visual arts has been extensively studied, its presence in architecture has been largely overlooked. Exploring Rossi's entire career, Lopes traces out the oscillation between enthusiasm and disenchantment that marks Rossi's work. Through a close exploration of one of Rossi's landmark works, the Cemetery of San Cataldo in Modena, he shows how this brilliant, innovative architect reinterpreted a typology of the past to help us come to terms with representations of death and the deep sadness that inevitably accompanies it.

Beautifully illustrated, Melancholy and Architecture both illuminates the career of a key postwar architect and offers a new perspective on the long cultural history of melancholy.
Diogo Seixas Lopes is a partner at Barbas Lopes Architects in Lisbon and visiting professor at both FCTUC, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, and Carleton University, Ottawa.
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Title:Melancholy And Architecture: On Aldo RossiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Park BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1                       PROLOGUE

1.1                                “DIESES IST LANGE HER”

1.2                                METHODS AND MATERIALS

1.3                                SEQUENCE AND CONTENTS

2                      MELANCHOLY AND ARCHITECTURE

2.1                                INTRODUCTION

2.2                                THE ORIGINS OF MELANCHOLY

2.2.1                             Antiquity

2.2.2                             The Middle Ages

2.2.3                             The Renaissance

2.3                                MELANCHOLY AND MODERNITY

2.3.1                             Aesthetics of the Sublime

2.3.2                             Spleen and Metropolis

2.3.3                             The Lost Centre

2.4                                CONCLUSION

3                      THE ALDO ROSSI CASE

3.1                                INTRODUCTION

3.2                                HISTORICAL CONTEXT

3.2.1                             Postwar Italy

3.2.2                             An Ideology of Realism

3.2.3                             Continuity or Crisis?

3.3                                ARCHITECTURAL FUNDAMENTS

3.3.1                             Architecture as Choice

3.3.2                             Architecture as Memory

3.3.3                             Architecture as Autobiography

3.4                                CONCLUSION

4                      THE CEMETERY OF SAN CATALDO

4.1                                INTRODUCTION

4.2                                THE HISTORY OF SAN CATALDO

4.2.1                             First Stage of Competition

4.2.2                             Second Stage of Competition

4.2.3                             Planning and Construction

4.3                                AN INTERPRETATION OF SAN CATALDO

4.3.1                             The City of the Dead

4.3.2                             The Abandoned House

4.3.3                             The Form of the Skeleton

4.3.4                             The Architecture of Shadows

4.4                                CONCLUSION

5                      EPILOGUE

5.1                                “AN ARCHITECTURE OF OPTIMISM”

5.2                                CULTURE AND CRISIS

5.3                                FINAL CONSIDERATIONS

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