Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

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Museum of Modern Art, 1977 - Architecture - 132 pages
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'Complexity and contradiction in architecture' expresses in the most compelling and original terms the postmodern rebellion against the purism of modernism. Three hundred and fifty architectural photographs serve as historical comparisons and illuminate the author's ideas on creating and experiencing architecture.

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User Review  - Bart - Goodreads

Exceeds even highest expectations. Begins like this (and barely relents): I like elements which are hybrid rather than "pure," compromising rather than "clean," distorted rather than "straightforward ... Read full review

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User Review  - John E. Branch Jr. - Goodreads

Though I had read parts of an architectural history, this is probably the first book of architectural theory that I read. It shaped my thinking and sharpened my eye, yet I can't say that it changed my ... Read full review

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Robert Venturi is an award-winning architect and an influential writer, teacher, artist, and designer. His work includes includes the Sainsbury Wing of London's National Galler; renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; dozens of major academic projects; and the groundbreaking Vanna Venturi House.

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