Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) was the leader of La Tendenza, a group of Milanese architects who in the early 1960s began to lay the foundations on which would be built the most influential urban thought of the last third of the 20th century in Europe. Their point of reference was the Marxist revisionism of Gramsci and his attempt to construct a new left-wing culture. In order to incorporate architecture and urbanism to this project, La Tendenza proposed the need for relaunching them as independent disciplines. This was the origin of the rethinking of the city from strictly disciplinary terms, a task that would be tackled by transferring structuralist thought to it. Aldo Rossi was the director of the magazine Casabella (1958-1964), a teacher at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice and the Milan Polytechnic, and the author of architectural works as emblematic as the Cemetery of Modena (1971) and the Gallaratese Building (Milan, XXXX). In 1989 he was awarded the Pritzker prize for architecture.
Trevor Boddy is a Canadian architect who writes as an architectural critic for The Vancouver Sun. He has lectured at the universities of Oregon, Toronto, Manitoba, and British Columbia, and has also worked as a town-planning adviser in the cities of Calgary and Edmonton.
- ROSSI, Aldo, Architettura della città, Marsilio Editori, Padua, 1966.