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Melancholy and Architecture

On Aldo Rossi

Diogo Seixas Lopes

Diogo Seixas Lopes

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224 pages | 2 color plates, 20 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2
Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9783906027470 Will Publish May 2015 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
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.
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

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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