Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture


Author: Robert Venturi

Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art

ISBN: 9780870702822

Category: Architecture

Page: 132

View: 2676

A practicing architect discusses the theoretical background of modern architecture

Robert Venturi's Rome


Author: Frederick Fisher,Stephen Harby

Publisher: Oro Editions

ISBN: 9781939621870

Category: Architecture

Page: 112

View: 8630

Robert Venturi's Rome is a guidebook to the city of Rome seen through the eyes of Robert Venturi, re- interpreted by two subsequent Rome Prize fellows and architects, Frederick Fisher and Stephen Harby. Published in 1966, Venturi looks at architecture, landscape and art as different manifestations of common themes. As students the book is fundamental to the development of any young architects' outlook on architecture. Venturi wrote the book following a two year Rome Prize fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and there is no doubt that the city had a profound influence on his thinking. He used many buildings in Rome as examples to illustrate his theories. From the Pantheon, through works by his favorite artist, Michelangelo, and on to 20th century buildings by Armando Brasini and Luigi Moretti, Venturi reveals Rome as a complex and contradictory city.

Architecture as signs and systems

for a mannerist time


Author: Robert Venturi,Denise Scott Brown

Publisher: Belknap Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 251

View: 9886

Two architectural theorists and designers look back over their influential professional careers, their dedication to broadening the view of the built world, and their iconoclastic vision of the future of architectural design, discovering signs and systems that point forward toward a humane Mannerist architecture.

Iconography and Electronics Upon a Generic Architecture

A View from the Drafting Room


Author: Robert Venturi

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262720298

Category: Architecture

Page: 374

View: 7372

This new collection by influential architect/writer Robert Venturi argues for a generic architecture defined by iconography and electronics, an architecture whose elemental qualities become shelter and symbol. Essays include Venturi's 1950 M.F.A. thesis, a work that foreshadows many of the themes that were later to make him a controversial and ground-breaking architect and writer. 92 illustrations.

The Architecture library of the future

complexity and contradiction


Author: Peggy Ann Kusnerz

Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr


Category: Architecture

Page: 197

View: 1036

Discusses the problems of this special field of library science

Architettura Della Città


Author: Aldo Rossi,Peter Eisenman

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262680431

Category: Architecture

Page: 201

View: 4618

Aldo Rossi, a practicing architect and leader of the Italian architectural movement La Tendenza, is also one of the most influential theorists writing today. The Architecture of the City is his major work of architectural and urban theory. In part a protest against functionalism and the Modern Movement, in part an attempt to restore the craft of architecture to its position as the only valid object of architectural study, and in part an analysis of the rules and forms of the city's construction, the book has become immensely popular among architects and design students.

The Contradiction Between Form and Function in Architecture


Author: John Hendrix

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415639131

Category: Architecture

Page: 218

View: 8537

Continuing the themes that have been addressed in The Humanities in Architectural Design and The Cultural Role of Architecture, this book illustrates the important role that a contradiction between form and function plays in compositional strategies in architecture. The contradiction between form and function is seen as a device for poetic expression, for the expression of ideas, in architecture. Here the role of the terms "form" and "function" are analyzed throughout the history of architecture and architectural theory, from Vitruvius to the present, with particular emphasis on twentieth-century functionalism. Historical examples are given from Ancient, Classical, Islamic, Christian, Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerist, and Neoclassical architecture, and from movements in the twentieth century to the present. In addition philosophical issues such as lineamenti, Vorstellung, différance, dream construction, deep structure and surface structure, topology theory, self-generation, and immanence are explored in relation to the compositions and writings of architects throughout history. This book contributes to the project of re-establishing architecture as a humanistic discipline, to re-establish an emphasis on the expression of ideas, and on the ethical role of architecture to engage the intellect of the observer and to represent human identity.

Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates

Buildings and Projects, 1986-1998


Author: Stanislaus von Moos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580930017

Category: Architecture

Page: 367

View: 900

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown are among the world's leading contemporary architects. Their writings, including the seminal books Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966; Venturi) and Learning from Las Vegas (1972; Venturi, Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour), have profoundly influenced architectural thought. The built work of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates of Philadelphia has had an equally great impact. Through a commitment to a creative understanding of history and the everyday environment and to the use of visual references in the design of buildings, this firm has changed the face of modern architecture. Guild House (1963), the Vanna Venturi House (1963), and Franklin Court (1976), all in Philadelphia, are key examples of a new outlook on the art of building. This landmark monograph -- assembled in collaboration with the architects -- illustrates the firm's work between 1986 and 1998. In his main text, Stanislaus von Moos analyzes the architects' understanding of tradition in relation to the social and urban complexities of our post-industrial, multicultural era. Featured are acclaimed buildings such as the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London; the Seattle Museum of Art; buildings for such universities and colleges as Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, UCLA, and Dartmouth; and new works, including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the hotel and recreation center in Nikko Kirifuri, Japan, and the administration building for the Département de la Haute-Garonne in Toulouse, France. From the Hardcover edition.

I Am a Monument

On Learning from Las Vegas


Author: Aron Vinegar

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262220822

Category: Architecture

Page: 234

View: 5383

Learning from Las Vegas, originally published by the MIT Press in 1972, was one of the most influential and controversial architectural books of its era. Thirty-five years later, it remains a perennial bestseller and a definitive theoretical text. Its authors—architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour—famously used the Las Vegas Strip to argue the virtues of the "ordinary and ugly" above the "heroic and original" qualities of architectural modernism. Learning from Las Vegas not only moved architecture to the center of cultural debates, it changed our ideas about what architecture was and could be. In this provocative rereading of an iconic text, Aron Vinegar argues that Learning from Las Vegas is not only of historical interest but of absolute relevance to current critical debates in architectural and visual culture. Vinegar argues that to read Learning from Las Vegas only as an exemplary postmodernist text—to understand it, for example, as a call for pastiche or as ironic provocation—is to underestimate its deeper critical and ethical meaning, and to miss the underlying dialectic between skepticism and the ordinary, expression and the deadpan, that runs through the text. Vinegar's close attention to the graphic design of Learning from Las Vegas, and his fresh interpretations of now canonical images from the book such as the Duck, the Decorated Shed, and the "recommendation for a monument," make his book unique. Perhaps most revealing is his close analysis of the differences between the first 1972 edition, designed for the MIT Press by Muriel Cooper, and the "revised" edition of 1977, which was radically stripped down and largely redesigned by Denise Scott Brown. The dialogue between the two editions continues with this book, where for the first time the two versions of Learning from Las Vegas are read comparatively.

Cartha - On Relations in Architecture


Author: Elena Chiavi

Publisher: Park Publishing (WI)

ISBN: 9783038600374

Category: Architects and community

Page: 274

View: 7214

Cartha' is a non-profit curated platform for sharing different forms of critical thinking regarding architecture and society, founded in 2015. Through opinions, experiences, and works it aims to map the contemporary architectural landscape and to bridge gaps between academic discourse and practical work. Each year 'Cartha' dedicates to a specific topic. In 2015 the topic was "Relations within the architectural spectrum." This book collects contributions by forty-two young architects from around the world in four sections: 'Worth Sharing', 'Confreres', 'Mannschaft', and 'Santisima Trinidad'. They aim to develop the ways in which architects share, relate to architects, to workers, and to their clients and user of their buildings. Each section features an introductory interview with a renowned architect and a visual exploration by an up-and-coming photographer.

Towards a New Architecture


Author: Le Corbusier

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486315649

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

View: 6111

Pioneering manifesto by founder of "International School." Technical and aesthetic theories, views of industry, economics, relation of form to function, "mass-production split," and much more. Profusely illustrated.

Cultures in Organizations

Three Perspectives


Author: Joanne Martin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195071638

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

View: 389

Utopia's Ghost

Architecture and Postmodernism, Again


Author: Reinhold Martin

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452915326

Category: Architecture

Page: 239

View: 9050

Written at the intersection of culture, politics & the city, particularly in the context of corporate globalization, 'Utopia's Ghost' challenges dominant theoretical paradigms & opens new avenues for architectural scholarship & cultural analysis.

The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture


Author: Pier Vittorio Aureli

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262515792

Category: Architecture

Page: 251

View: 3389

"What at first glance appears to be a book of architectural history is in fact a radical attack on theory, sweeping away the foundations of current thought in its wake. Aureli's work stands against the forces of an unlimited urbanization, proposing an idea of absolute architecture as a confrontation with the forces of global capital. A must read for those passionate about architecture and its future." Peter Eisenman.

American architecture now


Author: Barbaralee Diamonstein,I. M. Pei

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications


Category: Architecture

Page: 253

View: 8352

Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects


Author: José Rafael Moneo

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262134439

Category: Architecture

Page: 404

View: 469

The internationally acclaimed architect Rafael Moneo is known to be a courageous architect. His major works include the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Davis Art Museum at Wellesley College, the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art and Architecture, and the Potzdammer Platz Hotel in Berlin. Now Moneo will be known as a daring critic as well. In this book, he looks at eight of his contemporaries -- all architects of international stature -- and discusses the theoretical positions, technical innovations, and design contributions of each. Moneo's discussion of these eight architects -- James Stirling, Robert Venturi, Aldo Rossi, Peter Eisenman, Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and the partnership of Jacques Herzog and Pierre De Meuron -- has the colloquial, engaging tone of a series of lectures on modern architecture by a master architect; the reader hears not the dispassionate theorizing of an academic, but Moneo's own deeply held convictions as he considers the work of his contemporaries. More than 500 illustrations accompany the text. Discussing each of the eight architects in turn, Moneo first gives an introductory profile, emphasizing intentions, theoretical concerns, and construction procedures. He then turns to the work, offering detailed critical analyses of the works he considers to be crucial for an informed understanding of this architect's work. The many images he uses to illustrate his points resemble the rapid-fire flash of slides in a lecture, but Moneo's perspective is unique among lecturers. These profiles are not what Moneo calls the "tacit treatises" that can be found on the shelves of a university library, but lively encounters of architectural equals.