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A view from the Campidoglio selected essays, 1953-1984 Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown ; edited by Peter Arnell, Ted Bickford, Catherine Bergart

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Venturi, Robert  Search this
Scott Brown, Denise 1931-  Search this
Arnell, Peter  Search this
Bickford, Ted  Search this
Bergart, Catherine  Search this
Physical description:
154 pages illustrations 23 x 27 cm
20th century
20e siècle
CHMNK copy gift of Christina and Norman Diekman.
These seventeen essays span thirty-two years in the careers of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. In these careers one can see the inextricable blending of the building of buildings and the building of words. They "look, analyze, synthesize through writing, synthesize through design, then look again." Robert Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, published in 1966, has been acknowledged as the most important thinking and writing on architecture since Le Corbusier. It provided a theoretical base for architects to transform architectural design from Modern to contemporary. A leading exponent of the Postmodern, the firm of Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown has been in the forefront of new approaches in architecture and design, combining traditional with modern. And their writing has been viewed as "brilliant and liberating." Paul Goldberger, in The New York Times, says of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown: "They merge a kind of childlike delight with an adult's ironic sensibility, bringing to architecture an attitude not altogether different from that which Lewis Carroll brought to literature." -- from book cover
Architecture--Themes, motives  Search this
Architecture, Modern--Themes, motives  Search this
Architecture--Thèmes, motifs  Search this
Bouwkunst  Search this
Arquitetura (Ensaios)  Search this
Buildings--Architectural design  Search this
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