Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
15 MAY 2015

Melancholy and Architecture

Diogo Seixas Lopes book

Aldo Rossi (1931-97) is a key figure in the 20th-century architecture. In this new book, Diogo Seixas Lopes looks at Rossi's work through the lenses of a term often used to describe the great architect's work: melancholy. Through a close exploration of the Cemetery of San Cataldo in Modena, Lopes shows how this innovative architect reinterpreted a typology of the past to help us come to terms with representations of death and the melancholy that inevitably accompanies it. An illuminating book on an often overlooked aspect of Aldo Rossi’s work, it also offers a new perspective on the long cultural history of melancholy. This talk and book launch took place on May 15th 2015.