Aldo Aymonino: The MOSE Project: (Powerful) Engineering, (Vast) Landscape, and (Small) Architecture

Cornell in Rome Fall 2012 Lecture Series

Aldo Aymonino is a design consultant for the consortium Venezia Nuova for the realization of a moving barrier system for the protection of the Venice lagoon (Project MOSE). Since 1999 he has been a part of the firm Seste Engineering with Francesco Aymonino, Marina Cimato, Attilio De Fazi, and Flavio Trinca.

Aymonino's research has been published in both Italian and foreign publications including, Abitare, Domus, Bauen+Wohnen, and Architectural Design. He has also published Funzione e simbolo nell’architettura di Louis Kahn (1992), Spazi pubblici contemporanei: Architettura a Volume Zero (2006), and Architettura a Zero Cubatura (2007). 

The Venice Biennial invited Aymonino to participate in the “Quinta Mostra Internazionale di Architettura” in 1991, 2002, and 2006; as well as the “Triennale di Milano” in 1995. In 1996 he was invited to participate in the show Architecture on the Horizon, by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Aymonino received his architectural degree with honors in 1980 under Ludovico Quaroni. He taught in the Department of Architecture and Planning at the University of Pescara from 1986–89. Since 1984 Aymonino has served a as a guest critic in Rome for the University of Waterloo, Carleton University, the University of Washington, and Cornell University; and has been a visiting professor at both Cornell and Waterloo in the U.S. and Canada. Since 2000 he has taught in the Department of Architectural Design at the University of Venice.