Aldo Rossi and language
Just as Fellini repeatedly shot the same film, so AR meticulously pursues and recomposes the same concepts in his language. In an exemplary manner, he forges a coherent and pervasive methodical action to construct a language. A language which, however, is not a style, but a way of working according to principles such as repetition, stratification, dimensional estrangement, anachronism, intrusive juxtaposition, symmetry and the geometry of pure forms (the cone, the cylinder, the cube) as generators of space and meaning.
The space of AR's architecture is a laconic one of remembrance and memory, but also of abstraction and silence. A musing of De Chirico’s metaphysics crosses and defines the scope of his architecture as a space of absence and waiting. In issue 3 of Terrazzo magazine in 1989, an almost monographic issue on AR, the dreamlike scope of his drawings is contrasted in mirrored scenarios with Santi Caleca's black-and-white photographs of the constructed works. Rather unsurprisingly, not a single soul appears in those photos.