For a Rough and Essential Architecture

Notes for a contemporary architectural ethics

Text: Antonello Stella

“Taking care” – this is, I think, the most cogent incipit in contemporaneity and posed by this call. We architects cannot avoid to take care of the world in which we live, we must know how to interpret it by returning an architecture that corresponds to it. Consequently, architecture, or the product of our doing, participates, must necessarily participate in the formation of the common good. I would recall two figures apparently very distant from each other due to the formal outcomes of their architecture that have more than other masters of architecture know how to interpret their time, before in modernity and therefore in post-modernity, corresponding with their architecture to the spirit of their time: Mies Van der Rohe and Aldo Rossi.