ALDO ROSSI. Perspectives from the World

International Conference| Politecnico di Milano | 11-12-13 June 2018

Politecnico di Milano, AUIC School

Twenty years after the death of Aldo Rossi, Politecnico di Milano organize an exhibition and a Call for papers for the Conference ALDO ROSSI. PERSPECTIVES FROM THE WORLD dedicated to the Milanese master, who studied and taught at the Faculty of Architecture, with the aim of celebrating a fundamental figure of Italian and international architectural culture.

Translated into many languages, Rossi’s fundamental text The Architecture of the City (1966) soon became part of the reference scientific literature of the major international architecture schools, widening the debate on the urban issue, the relationship between city and architectural design, and the fundamental role of history, as determining topics.

In occasion of several conferences over the years, generations of scholars and academics all over the world had the opportunity to confront and to build original and up-to-date points of view on these topics with respect to their specific cultural spheres.

In fact, from the exhibition Rational Architecture at the Triennale of Milan (1973), in which, as curator, he had called to confront themselves architects coming from different countries, opening the way to a new tendenza, Aldo Rossi revealed his particular inclination to look beyond national boundaries, with unprejudiced interest and curiosity.

Rossi’s attitude and solid theoretical thought about the analytical moment of knowledge as a necessary instrument for the architectural design has certainly enabled him over the years to work with freedom and rationality in the most diverse countries.

Aldo Rossi’s architectural work bears reference to a solid corpus of theoretical and rational references without excluding the individual and biographical components.

His thought and attitude towards the architectural design are proved not only in his theoretical writings published over the years but also in his architectures, fixed scenes for human life.

Rossi conceived the architectural design as based on the understanding of architectures, chosen for their exemplarity, becoming part of a world of shared and recognizable references. To him design should be constantly challenged by reality, including architectures along with other forms of art and autobiographical elements of memory constructing continuous and diverse analogies.


The call aims at discussing the legacy of Aldo Rossi’s thought and work applied to geographic areas other than the Italian.

Moreover, the call aims to verify the topicality of Rossi’s work in relation to the new and complex urban dynamics worldwide, starting from the research and the recognition of still unexplored themes, with the aim of identifying new useful indications for the contemporary design.

This call is open to PhD students and researchers who obtained their doctoral degree over the last ten years, as well as to independent scholars max. 40 years old (born by 1 January 1978).

We welcome proposals including in-depth analysis of Rossi’s impact on the international arena beyond the national horizon.

The call will be launched at the opening of the exhibition ALDO ROSSI THE GREAT THEATRE OF ARCHITECTURE held at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (October 19 - November 17, 2017). On the opening day, Kurt Forster will lecture on Aldo Rossi’s figure and the legacy of his teaching.

The peer review will include two stages: abstract submission and, subsequently, full paper submission (subject to a double peer review process).

Abstract are due by 11:59 pm Italian time, December 19, 2017. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words; one or two images (jpg / tif, 72dpi) can be attached.

Abstracts must be uploaded on website (www.conferencealdorossi.polimi.it) in pdf format. They should include: author’s details and contacts, affiliation (if applicable) and a short CV (100 words maximum).

Abstracts must be clear and well written.

The official language for submission is English.

Acceptance will be notified by January 19, 2018

Full papers, due by March 11, 2018 (11:59 pm pm Italian time) should not exceed 5000 words (including footnotes and bibliography) + a maximum of 4 images (jpg / tif, 300 dpi for a base of 15 cm) + related captions.

Authors should attach a letter assessing that images are cleared from publication rights.

Paper acceptance will be notified by April 9, 2018.

For the final draft, please refer to the page GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS (in ABOUT)

A guide for authors is available at the following link: https://www.eko.polimi.it/public/files/EKO_Author.pdf

A guide for reviewers is available at the following link: https://www.eko.polimi.it/public/files/EKO_Reviewer.pdf