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"Written 17 years ago, at a time when the Italian student movement had just begun and interdisciplinary design methodologies enjoyed popularity, [ The Architecture of the City
] was one of the first major reassessments of the Modern Movement. In contrast to Robert
Venturi"s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture , appearing in the same year, Rossi"s critique focuses not on the sterility of forms or the rejection of stylistic imagery in modern architecture, but rather, as the title suggests, on the neglect and destruction of the"
city, the repository of "the collective memory of man."... Perhaps most important to Americans, who face a resurgence of idiosyncratic and highly personal designs, is Rossi"s emphasis on the collective, the public realm. He reminds us that individual reputations and accomplishments are less important that our cities themselves." Mary McLeod , Design Book Review
The MIT Press