Architecture as Signs and Systems
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Architecture as Signs and Systems by Robert Venturi
Book DescriptionRobert 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. Architecture as Signs and Systems is aimed at 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674015715
(225mm x 225mm x 18mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 19-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Venturi
Iconography and Electronics Upon a Generic Architecture, Paperback (April 1998)
This new collection of writings in a variety of genres argues for a generic architecture defined by iconography and electronics, an architecture whose elemental qualities become shelter and symbol.
Roofed Theaters of Classical Antiquity, Hardback (October 1992)
Explores roofed theatre sites of classical antiquity. Izenour examines 24 Greek, Greco-Hellenistic and Roman buildings, gives architectural drawings of their probable original appearance, assesses how these spaces were spanned and what the effects might have been on sound, lighting and ventilation.
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Paperback (December 1977)
Foreword by Arthur Drexler. Introduction by Vincent Scully.
Learning from Las Vegas, Paperback (January 1977)» View all books by Robert Venturi
The final part of the 1st ed. is not included in this revision.
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