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THE DIFFICULT WHOLE: A REFERENCE BOOK ON ROBERT VENTURI, JOHN RAUCH AND DENISE SCOTT BROWN. Ed. by Kersten Geers et al. Park Books, Zurich, 2016. Published in association with EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) and Faculte Environment Naturel, Architectural et Construit (ENAC). Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 216 pp. with 305 ills. (105 col.). 31 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783906027845 In English.
Publisher's description: In 1966, architecture critic Robert Venturi published Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, a manifesto that became one of the twentieth century's most important statements about architecture. Drawing on both vernacular and high-style sources, Venturi introduced new lessons from the buildings of architects who were well known, like Michelangelo and Alvar Aalto, and those whose work had been forgotten, like Frank Furness and Edwin Lutyens. Arguing against the diagrammatic forms that dominated the field at that time, Venturi made a case instead for "the difficult whole." Nearly fifty years later, this book offers a fresh analysis and thorough re-evaluation of Venturi's landmark work and its legacy. Through a radical rereading of material from the archives of Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, the editors propose a credible alternative to contemporary architectural discourse, one that takes account of Venturi's arguments and offers a way forward. Featuring essays from a number of prominent critics and architects, as well as close analyses of thirty-five projects by Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, A Difficult Whole is sure to spark discussion -- and inspiration -- throughout the worlds of architecture and design.
Artist(s):Rauch, John; Scott Brown, Denise; Venturi, Robert; Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates (firm)
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Architecture — Women Artists
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 167098
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