The Difficult Whole: A Reference Book on Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown

Architecture Without Content

Kersten Geers, Jelena Pančevac, and Andrea Zanderigo

A Reference Book on Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown.
Robert Venturi’s idea of the “difficult whole” re-evaluated in the context of his work: a significant contribution to a contemporary architectural discourse.
In 1966, architecture critic Robert Venturi published Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, a manifesto that became one of the twentieth century’s most important statements about architecture. Drawing on both vernacular and high-style sources, Venturi introduced new lessons from the buildings of architects who were well known, like Michelangelo and Alvar Aalto, and those whose work had been forgotten, like Frank Furness and Edwin Lutyens. Arguing against the diagrammatic forms that dominated the field at that time, Venturi made a case instead for “the difficult whole.”
Nearly fifty years later, this book offers a fresh analysis and thorough reevaluation of Venturi’s landmark work and its legacy. Through a radical rereading of material from the archives of Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, the editors propose a credible alternative to contemporary architectural discourse, one that takes account of Venturi’s arguments and offers a way forward. Featuring essays from a number of prominent critics and architects, as well as close analyses of thirty-five projects by Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates, The Difficult Whole is sure to spark discussion—and inspiration—throughout the worlds of architecture and design.

ISBN-13: 9783906027845

208 pagina's, Engels

Park Books, 2016
€ 48.00