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"Less is a bore."

“Less is a bore.”

— Robert Venturi, architect


"...You should do what turns you on."

“Modernism is about space. Postmodernism is about communication. You should do what turns you on.”

— Robert Venturi, architect


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I like elements which are hybrid rather than “pure,” compromising rather than “clean,” distorted rather than “straightforward,” ambiguous rather than “articulated,” perverse as well as impersonal, boring as well as “interesting,” conventional rather than “designed,” accommodating rather than excluding, redundant rather than simple, vestigial as well as innovating, inconsistent and equivocal rather than direct and clear.

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Fresh Fruit from Rotten Vegetables (part four): Neither For Nor Against Architecture, Yet Happy to Pit Wodiczko Against Bataille

Bataille and Foucault would have it that our day-to-day existence is governed by architecture: the tomb, the prison, the government office, etc. I have previously surmised that the 21st Century is a schizophrenic age, and what could be more schizophrenic (if we accept Foucault and Bataille) than a climate in which architecture is endlessly toppled and reconstructed? 604 more words


Couple Format (The Identity Between Love and Work)

In Summer 2016, I organised a series of conversations at the Architectural Association in London, where guests were invited to share one “Couple Format” that has, in retrospect, made some kind of mark upon them.  159 more words

On Concepts

Postmodernist Edwardians

Kristen Richards, the founder and editor of the indispensable ArchNewsNow, sent me the other day a piece she said would interest me. Well, that was the understatement of the week. 536 more words


Complex or Simple?

Author: Lindsey Trout

In “Complex or Simple?”, Lindsey Trout takes a closer look at Robert Venturi’s criticism of modernist architecture through excerpts of “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.” This essay discusses Venturi’s argument of the validity of modern architecture, stating that most work completed during that time was oversimplified and bland. 372 more words