Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

Front Cover
The Museum of Modern Art, 1977 - Architecture - 132 pages
23 Reviews
First published in 1966, and since translated into 16 languages, this remarkable book has become an essential document of architectural literature. A "gentle manifesto for a nonstraightforward architecture," Venturi's "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. "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" was the winner of the Classic Book Award at the AIA's Seventh Annual International Architecture Book Awards.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
13
4 stars
9
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

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

Review: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

User Review  - 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

Contents

Ambiguity
20
Contradiction Juxtaposed
56
9 The Inside and the Outside
70
The Obligation Toward the Difficult Whole
88
Works
106
Notes
132
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1977)

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.

Bibliographic information