Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time / Edition 1 by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Denise Scott Brown | | 9780674015715 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time / Edition 1

Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time / Edition 1

by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Denise Scott Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674015711

ISBN-13: 9780674015715

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Harvard University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674015715
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization Series, #2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.65(d)

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

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