Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time by Robert VenturiArchitecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time by Robert Venturi

Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time

byRobert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown

Hardcover | December 17, 2004

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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.

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...
Title:Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist TimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.03 inPublished:December 17, 2004Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0674015711

ISBN - 13:9780674015715

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Table of Contents

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



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Editorial Reviews

[Venturi and Scott Brown's] new book, Architecture as Signs and Systems, is a direct challenge to architecture's increasingly tortuous quest for shapes and spaces that might give new physical meaning to that increasingly diffuse term, modernity...[Their] new polemic is a wonderfully intelligent provocation.