Out of the Ordinary: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates--Architecture, Urbanism, Design

Out of the Ordinary: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates--Architecture, Urbanism, Design

by David Brownlee, Kathryn B. Hiesinger, David G. De Long
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300089953

ISBN-13: 9780300089950

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

This engaging book presents the first critical retrospective look at the extraordinary architectural achievement of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and their firm. Known for such prominent buildings as the Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London and the Seattle Art Museum as well as such major urban revitalization plans as Washington Avenue in Miami and

Overview

This engaging book presents the first critical retrospective look at the extraordinary architectural achievement of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and their firm. Known for such prominent buildings as the Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London and the Seattle Art Museum as well as such major urban revitalization plans as Washington Avenue in Miami and South Street in Philadelphia, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates changed the face of architectural history.

This husband and wife team rejected the universality of modernist design for a particularized contextual and associational approach to building, lauding the "complexity and contradictions" in the historic cityscape and "learning from Las Vegas" the value and vitality of the everyday environment.

The book, which combines both biography and critical analysis, includes essays on the firm's early and later architectural works and on their lesser-known decorative arts. It also features handsome color plates of the firm's buildings, architectural drawings, and furniture and other decorative arts, as well as a checklist of all their buildings and projects.

The catalogue accompanies a major exhibition that opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in June of 2001 and then travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California; and the Heinz Architectural Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089950
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.75(h) x (d)

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