Grassi, Giorgio

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Grassi, Giorgio (1935– ). Italian architect, born in Milan, he was influenced by the work of Rossi and Tessenow, and has been classified as an Italian Neo-Rationalist. His student residential hostel, Chietí (1976), in the form of a long colonnaded street, recalls the C19 proposals of Weinbrenner for the Lange Strasse, Karlsruhe (1808), in its severely stripped Classicism. His works include La Costruzione logica dell'architettura (1967) and Architettura: lingua morta (Architecture: Dead Language—1988). He has insisted that architecture is made up of fundamental elements expressive of their purpose and responsive to social conditions, and that the architect's job is to clarify. He distils his architecture from primary forms.

Bibliography

Bonfanti et al. (1973);
G. Grassi (1982, 1989);
Klotz (ed.) (1986, 1988);
Lampugnani (ed.) (1988);
Moschini (ed.) (1984)