Architect Morris Adjmi Creates the Buildings of Tomorrow by Looking to the Past
In 1980, Morris Adjmi enrolled in the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York specifically to take a course with Aldo Rossi, the Italian architect known for creating complex buildings out of simple shapes. Within months, Rossi asked the New Orleans–born Adjmi to help him with a competition entry (for a house block near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin). “The job was supposed to last a few weeks,” Adjmi writes in the introduction to his new monograph, A Grid and a Conversation (Artifice Books, $45). “A few weeks turned into a few years, and a few years turned into a professional partnership that lasted more than a decade.” In 1997, Rossi died from injuries suffered in a car crash. Adjmi, who ran the firm’s New York office, helped complete a number of its projects, including the Scholastic Building, on Broadway in SoHo, for which the elements of neighboring cast iron façades are recast at an exaggerated scale.
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