With nearly fifty years of history, this book is part of the imagination of several generations of architects and continues to be a fundamental work for understanding the shaping processes of the city understood as architecture.
Since The Architecture of the City was published for the first time in Italian in 1966, the criticism of naive functionalism, the concepts of locus, monument and type, or the recovery of the value of collective memory in architecture have remained forever in the architectural theoretical debate. In this text, Aldo Rossi claimed the autonomous value of architecture and claimed, within the framework of what he called "urban science", the singular work and the monument as the fundamental elements of the city's history and memory. collective. But beyond these contributions and in line with other authors, from the Enlightenment to the present, with this essay Rossi directly addressed the principles and foundations of the theory of architecture and proposed the establishment of an autonomous scientific body to found the activity of architecture and lead to the accumulation of experiences, the orderly study of problems and systematic teaching.
In short, one of the most influential programmatic texts of the second half of the 20th century in architecture.