Aldo Aymonino: From Geography to the Object

Aerial view of a lagoon
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museum exhibition with visitors
Exhibition of work by Aymonino. photo / provided
rendering of solar panels on the side of a valley
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photo / provided Exhibition of work by Aymonino. photo / provided rendering / provided

Cornell in Rome Fall 2019 Lecture Series

Aldo Aymonino graduated summa cum laude with a degree in architectural design in 1980. He has been a part of the Triennale di Milano, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 1991, 2002, and 2006.

Since 2000, Aymonimo has been a full professor of architectural design at the Department of Architecture and Arts at the Università IUAV di Venezia, where he teaches architectural and urban design, and where he is also a member of the scientific committee of the International European Ph.D. program titled Villard de Honnecourt. He founded the International Program Laboratori Metropolitani (Metropolitan Laboratories) in 2009. His publications include Funzione e simbolo nell'architettura di Louis Kahn (1992), Contemporary Public Space: Un-volumetric Architecturewith V. P. Mosco (2006), and Architettura a Zero Cubatura (2007).

Aymonino is a design consultant for the consortium Venezia Nuova, a group of major Italian design consultants and construction companies whose aim is to create a moving barrier system to protect the Venice lagoon (Project MOSE) from high waters and storms and safeguard the sensitive lagoon ecosystem.


"From Geography to the Object" addresses the theme of the difference of scales that an architect must deal with during his professional life. If, on the one hand, it seems that the society and clients (public or private) constantly ask for an increasingly specialized professional person, on the other hand, the same clients ask for a consultant that "solves problems" that occur in everyday life, both in very simple or highly complex situations. In this "gap" of apparent contradictions, the architect can be the professional figure needed because of the balance of his knowledge between humanities and sciences.

This lecture will show some examples that range from the territorial and landscaping scale to industrial design of urban furniture, and objects that shape the perception of our contemporary cities.

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