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The AR Celebrates 50 Years of Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture"

The AR Celebrates 50 Years of Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture"
The AR Celebrates 50 Years of Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture", AD Classics: Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi. Image © Maria Buszek
AD Classics: Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi. Image © Maria Buszek

The Architectural Review has recently published an article celebrating the 50th anniversary of Robert Venturi’s book, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, which is regarded as one of the most important writings about architecture since Le Corbusier’s Vers une Architecture. In the article, Martino Stierli—Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art—delves into the significance of Venturi’s work, the motivation behind it, its continuing impact, and more. Read the full article at the Architectural Review, here.

Update: Martino Stierli's article linked above has now drawn a response from none other than Denise Scott-Brown, who criticizes a number of errors—or as she calls them, "history slips"—in Stierli's article and accuses him of oversimplification in his tribute to Complexity and Contradiction. "Platform building seems to be the order of the day in this year-50 celebration," she writes. "Historians erect their own mountains and see whose yodel is the loudest." You can see her response, also at the AR, here.

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Cite: Sabrina Santos. "The AR Celebrates 50 Years of Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture"" 04 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/802847/the-ar-celebrates-50-years-of-venturis-complexity-and-contradiction-in-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884