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Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

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First published in 1966, and since translated into 16 languages, this remarkable book - a MoMA Paper on Architecture - has become an essential document of architectural literature. A 'gentle manifesto for a non-straightforward 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. 

  • Author: Robert Venturi
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Date published: December 1977 - 2nd Revised Edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0870702822
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 cm

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'Many of Venturi’s arguments are sophisticated and detailed, however, they are never dry or boring. The book is made fluent by the inclusion of so many illustrations which make Venturi’s arguments digestible. The non-linear approach to architectural history is successful and Venturi’s inclusion of engineering projects and non-Western architecture into his discussion makes his argument compelling.'

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