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What Aldo Rossi called his “little blue book” was published by Architectural Design (London) and Gandon Editions (Dublin) in 1983, to coincide with an exhibition of Aldo Rossi’s work in the Blue Studio Gallery – a space within de Blacam and Meagher’s office on Dawson Street. The exhibition had previously been shown at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London. Contrary to some reports, Rossi did not visit Dublin, although his former assistant, Christopher Stead, spoke at the associated seminar. The book was edited by John O’Regan (publisher), Paul Keogh, Sheila O’Donnell and Shane O’Toole (President of the AAI). Keogh (“the Teatro del Mondo can be easily imagined as a medieval tower-house floating on a western horizon”) and O’Donnell wrote intos; Niall McCullough and Valerie Mulvin translated one of Rossi’s texts – The Tower of Babel – into English for the first time; John Tuomey selected ‘preface’ texts from Rossi’s writings to lead off each of the published projects; Rachael Chidlow was a collaborator in the venture, as were Dr Andreas Papadakis and Frank Russell of AD.