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Robert Venturi exploded onto the architectural scene in 1966 with a radical call to arms in Complexity and Contradiction. Further accolades and outrage ensued in 1972 when Venturi and Denise Scott Brown (along with Steven Izenour) analyzed the Las Vegas strip as an archetype in Learning from Las Vegas. Now, for the first time, these two observer-designer-theorists turn their iconoclastic vision onto their own remarkable partnership and the rule-breaking architecture it has informed.

The views of Venturi and Scott Brown have influenced architects worldwide for nearly half a century. Pluralism and multiculturalism; symbolism and iconography; popular culture and the everyday landscape; generic building and electronic communication are among the many ideas they have championed. Here, they present both a fascinating retrospective of their life work and a definitive statement of its theoretical underpinnings.

Accessible, informative, and beautifully illustrated, Architecture as Signs and Systems is a must for students of architecture and urban planning, as well as anyone intrigued by these seminal cultural figures. Venturi and Scott Brown have devoted their professional lives to broadening our view of the built world and enlarging the purview of practitioners within it. By looking backward over their own life work, they discover signs and systems that point forward, toward a humane Mannerist architecture for a complex, multicultural society.

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The views of Venturi and Scott Brown have influenced architects worldwide for nearly half a century. Pluralism and multiculturalism; symbolism and iconography; popular culture and the everyday landscape; generic building and electronic communication are among the many ideas they have championed. Here, they present both a fascinating retrospective of their life work and a definitive statement of its theoretical underpinnings.

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2010 Anne d'Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence, Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

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Finalist, 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Architecture Category

About the Author

Robert Venturi is principal in charge of design in the architectural firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Pritzker Prize and the Centennial Medal of the American Academy in Rome and, with Denise Scott Brown, the National Medal of Art and the Vincent J. Scully Prize of the National Building Museum. He has taught at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.Denise Scott Brown is principal in charge of urban and campus planning and design in the architectural firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the ACSA-AIA Topaz Medallion for Architecture Education and the Chicago Architecture Award. She has taught at Harvard, Yale, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

I. Architecture as Sign rather than Space
New Mannerism rather than Old Expressionism

Robert Venturi

1. An Evolution of Ideas

2. Communication and Convention for an Iconographic Architecture

3. Architecture as Sign in the Work of VSBA

4. A New Mannerism, for Architecture as Sign

II. Architecture as Patterns and Systems
Learning from Planning

Denise Scott Brown

5. Some Ideas and Their History

6. Activities as Patterns

7. The Redefinition of Functionalism

8. Context in Context

9. Essays in Context

10. Mannerism, because You Can't Follow All the Rules of All the Systems All the Time

Conclusion: Signs and Sytems in a Mannerist Architecture for Today
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Notes

Bibliography

Illustration Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674015715
Author:
Venturi, Robert
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
Brown, Denise Scott
Author:
Scott Brown, Denise
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Communication in architectural design
Subject:
Symbolism in architecture
Subject:
Architecture-Urban Planning
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / General
Copyright:
Series:
The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization
Series Volume:
2004
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
333 color illustrations, 45 halftones, 1
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in

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