A Difficult Whole

A Difficult Whole
Author: -
Publisher: Park Books
Language: English / German
Pages: 216
Size: 21 x 30 cm
Weight: 1.2000 kg
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783906027845
Price: €48.00
Product Description

Kersten Geers, Jelena Pančevac, and Andrea Zanderigo (eds.)

With photographs by Bas Princen

A Reference Book on the Work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. In cooperation with FORM Laboratory for Architecture as Form, EPFL / ENAC

In 1966, architect 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 then 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.”
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, as well as close analyses of twenty-eight projects by Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown, The Difficult Whole is sure to spark discussion—and inspiration—throughout the worlds of architecture and design.

KERSTEN GEERS, born 1975, is a founding partner of architectural firm Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen in Brussels. He is also an Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he is head of the Laboratory for Architecture as Form.

JELENA PANČEVAC, born 1984, is an architect graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at University of Belgrade. She has been working as a researcher and teaching assistant at EPFL’s Laboratory for Architecture as Form since 2013.

ANDREA ZANDERIGO, born 1974, is an architect and a founding partner of architectural firm Baukuh based in Milano. He has been teaching at various universities and is currently teaching at EPFL’s Laboratory for Architecture as Form.