Forgetting Architecture


Angelika Schnell | 15.03.2010

Aldo Rossi is considered as one of the key figures of the Rationalist Architecture, a group of architects in the sixties and seventies that ignored any criticism of the term rationalism that unmasked it as irrationalism and as a philosophy of power. According to it, Rationalist Architecture does not base upon an „instrumental“ rationalism of advanced technologies but instead refers solely to the „Architecture of the City“, i.e. the European City . Curated by Rossi, the XV. Triennale in Milan with the title „Architettura Razionale“, the group enters programmaticly the international arena. Maybe there is no other architecture theory of the second half of the 20th century that was considered as ambitious, coherent, and intellectual as the movement of the Rationalists. And their key instruments as typology and morphology are still conceived as important methods for urban design.


Angelika Schnell

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing., studied Architecture in Berlin and Delft. Editor at ARCH+, she was teaching History and Theory of Architecture at TU Berlin, Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, University of Innsbruck. Since 2009 she is Professor for the Platform History Theory and Criticism at the Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Dissertation: „The Construction of the Real – A Systematic Research of the Historiographic Position of Aldo Rossi’s Architectural Theory“