Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Robert Venturi ebook
ISBN: 0810960230, 9780810960237
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
The event was loosely structured as a celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the publication of Venturi's seminal debut book, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966). Robert Venturi's book takes us on a tour through several architects, their works and his own projects to show how complexity and contradiction have played a major role in developing today's architecture. Some moments can define you for the rest of your life. In the under-appreciated, time squeezed, and chaotic situation most architects work in it is a welcome blessing to have sets of rules to help guide and lead oneself through the design process. I do not like the incoherence or arbitrariness of incompetent architecture nor the precious intricacies of picturesqueness or expressionism. For the past two weeks my most recent design project has forced me to reevaluate contemporary architecture's seminal texts Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. While the modernists would choose either black or white, the postmodernists would go for “black and white…or sometimes grey”, they values the ambiguity, complexity and contradiction in architecture. For me, reading Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction was one of these moments. Venturi wrote in the opening pages of his book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture: - “Architects can no longer afford to be intimidated by the puritanically moral language of orthodox Modern architecture. I like complexity and contradiction in architecture. Hubbard, Complicity and Conviction in Architecture Rasmussen, Experiencing Architecture Rykwert, The Necessity of Artifice Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.
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