Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
Author: Robert Venturi
Rating: 4.07
Bestsellers Rate: 19643
Publisher: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 144
Hours of reading: 2.4 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 21,47 €

About the book

First published in 1966, and since translated into 16 languages, this remarkable book has become an essential document of architectural literature. A gentle manifesto for a nonstraightforward architecture, Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture expresses in the most compelling and original terms the postmodern rebellion against the purism of modernism. Three hundred and fifty architectural photographs serve as historical comparisons and illuminate the author's ideas on creating and experiencing architecture. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture was the winner of the Classic Book Award at the AIA's Seventh Annual International Architecture Book Awards.

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Socially conservative at a time of great social upheaval, while reminding readers that our current situation calls for anything but complacency.--John Hill "A Daily Dose of Architecture Books"

Robert Venturi Biography

Robert Charles Venturi Jr. (June 25, 1925 – September 18, 2018) was an American architect, founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures of the twentieth century. Together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, he helped shape the way that architects, planners and students experience and think about architecture and the built environment. Their buildings, planning, theoretical writings, and teaching have also contributed to the expansion of discourse about architecture. Venturi was awarded the Pritzker Prize in Architecture in 1991; the prize was awarded to him alone, despite a request to include his equal partner, Scott Brown. Subsequently, a group of women architects attempted to get her name added retroactively to the prize, but the Pritzker Prize jury declined to do so. Venturi is also known for having coined the maxim "Less is a bore", a postmodern antidote to Mies van der Rohe's famous modernist dictum "Less is more". Venturi lived in Philadelphia with Denise Scott Brown. He is the father of James Venturi, founder and principal of ReThink Studio.

Early life and education

Venturi was born in Philadelphia to Robert Venturi Sr. and Vanna (née Luizi) Venturi and was raised as a Quaker. Venturi attended school at the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1947 where he was a member-elect of Phi Beta Kappa and won the D'Amato Prize in Architecture. He received his M.F.A. from Princeton in 1950. The educational program at Princeton under Professor Jean Labatut, who offered provocative design studios within a Beaux-Arts pedagogical framework, was a key factor in Venturi's development of an approach to architectural theory and design that drew from architectural history and commercial architecture in analytical, as opposed to stylistic, terms. In 1951 he briefly worked under Eero Saarinen in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and later for Louis Kahn in Philadelphia. He was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 1954, where he studied and toured Europe for two years. From 1959 to 1967, Venturi held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Kahn's teaching assistant, an instructor, and later, as associate professor. It was there, in 1960, that he met fellow faculty member, architect and planner Denise Scott Brown. Venturi taught later at the Yale School of Architecture and was a visiting lecturer with Scott Brown in 2003 at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Architectural theories

A controversial critic of what he saw as the blithely functionalist and symbolically vacuous architecture of corporate modernism during the 1950s, Venturi was one of the first architects to question some of the premises of the Modern Movement. He published his "gentle manifesto", Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture in 1966; in its introducti ... Read full biography

Authors: Robert Venturi
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Publisher: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
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Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780870702822
ISBN10: 0870702823
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Edition Statement: 2nd Revised ed.
Illustrations: 350 Illustrations, black and white
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Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
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Pages: 144
Book Weight: 590
Book Dimensions: 216x279x10.16
Circulation: None
Publication date: July 2, 2002
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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