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By Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi, a practising architect and chief of the Italian architectural circulation La Tendenza, is usually the most influential theorists writing this day. The structure of the City is his significant paintings of architectural and concrete idea. partly a protest opposed to functionalism and the fashionable move, partly an try to fix the craft of structure to its place because the in simple terms legitimate item of architectural research, and partially an research of the foundations and types of the city's building, the ebook has turn into immensely renowned between architects and layout students.

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I maintain, on the contrary, that far from being illuminating, this explanation is regressive because it impedes us from studying forms and knowing the world of architecture according to its true laws. We hasten to say that this does not entail the rejection ofthe concept offunction in its most proper sense, however, that is, as an algebra of values that can be . known as functions of one another, nor does it deny that between functions and l form one may seek to establish more complex ties than the linear ones of cause ( and effect (which are belied by reality itself), More specificalIy, we reject that conception of functionalism dictated by an ingenuous empiricism which holds that functions bringform together and in themselves constitute urban artifacts and architecture.

Artistically speaking, not one ofthem is of any interest, for in their veins pulses not a single drop of artistic blood. Ali three are concemed exclusively with the arrangement of street pattems, and hence their intention is from the start a purely technical one. A network of streets always serves only the purposes of communication, never of art, since it can never be comprehended sensorily, can never be grasped as a whole except in a pian ofit. In our discussions so far street networks have not been mentioned for just that feason; neither those of ancient Athens, of Rome, of Nuremberg, or of Venice.

Later we will see the more specifically architecturai implications of this notion. To conclude, we are willing to accept functional classification as a practical and contingent criterion, the equivalent of a number of other criteria-for example, social make-up, constructional system, development of the area, and so onsin ce such classifications have a certain utility; nonetheless it is clear that they are more useful for telling us something about the point ofview adopted for classification than about an element itself.

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