Aldo Rossi, one of the most influential architectural theoreticians of the 20th century, had turned against modern construction, drained of history, which deprived the cities of their historical coherence and their original function. He countered this with his vision of a rational architecture, which kept the European city alive in its consciousness and sought to preserve its architectural history as an idea and as orientation. Tradition was not about being closed to new ideas, but rather opening up new ways for architecture through its inherent archetypal core.
At the same time, Aldo Rossi was a highly significant draughtsman. He produced an extraordinarily diverse body of work on paper, which accompanied his theories and his construction projects, or was created totally autonomously. The boundaries can blur and facilitate utopian visions in conjunction with the typological arsenal of the architect. His project-related work always has a special quality of expression as well. His “Architettura urbana” is a particularly suggestive work. Among other references, the work is reminiscent of the atmosphere of the pittura metafisica and the painting of the Italian renaissance.