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Robert Charles Venturi (June 25, 1925 -) is an award winning American architect. Based in Philadelphia, he worked under Eero Saarinen and Louis Kahn before forming his own firm with John Rauch. As a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Venturi met his future wife, the architect and planner Denise Scott Brown, who joined the firm in 1967. After Rauch's resignation in 1989, the firm took its current form and was named Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.. Robert Venturi won the Pritzker Prize in 1991.Robert ventury coined the term "Less is bore" in juxtaposition to Mies Van de Rohe's "Less is more". June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Cradle of Liberty, the City That Loves You Back, the Quaker City, The Birthplace of America Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government... Saarinens Gateway Arch frames The Old Courthouse, which sits at the heart of the city of Saint Louis, near the rivers edge. ... Salk Institute, La Jolla, California Louis Isadore Kahn (February 20, 1901/1902 – March 17, 1974) was a world-renowned architect who practiced in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... Denise Scott Brown, (born October 3, 1931) is an architect, urban designer, planner and principal of the Philadelphia firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually by the Hyatt Foundation to honor a living architect. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Venturi was a controversial critic of the purely functional and spare designs of modern orthodox architecture and was considered a counterrevolutionary. He published his manifesto, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, in 1966. A counterrevolutionary is anyone who opposes a revolution, particularly those who act after a revolution to try to overturn or reverse it, in full or in part. ...


He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1947 and received his M.F.A. there in 1950. Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Princeton University is a coeducational private university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... In the United States, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal graduate degree in an area of visual, plastic, literary or performing arts typically requiring two to three years of study beyond the bachelor level. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Important works by his firm include:

The Vanna Venturi House, designed for Venturi's mother, was recognized as a "Masterwork of Modern American Architecture" by the United States Postal Service in May 2005. The National Gallery from Trafalgar Square The National Gallery is an art gallery in London, located on the north side of Trafalgar Square. ... New city flag (Occitan cross) Traditional coat of arms Motto: (Occitan: For Toulouse, always more) Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Region Midi-Pyrénées Department Haute-Garonne (31) Intercommunality Community of Agglomeration of Greater Toulouse Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc  (UMP) (since 2004) City Statistics... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Seattle Art Museum, viewed from First Avenue The Seattle Art Museum (commonly known as SAM) is an art museum located in downtown Seattle, Washington USA. Admission is free on the first Thursday of each month. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Government  - Mayor Greg Nickels Area  - City  142. ... The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the United States Government (see 39 U.S.C. Â§ 201) responsible for providing postal service in the United States. ...


See also

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Bibliography

  • Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, The Museum of Modern Art Press, New York 1966.
  • Learning from Las Vegas (with D. Scott Brown and S. Izenour), Cambridge MA, 1972, revised 1977.
  • Iconography and Electronics upon a Generic Architecture : A View from the Drafting Room, MIT Press, 1998.
  • Architecture as Signs and Systems (with D. Scott Brown), Harvard University Press, 2004.

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Robert Venturi Summary (1359 words)
The son of a fruit grocer, Robert Venturi was born in Philadelphia, PA, on June 25, 1925.
Venturi felt that the "Decorated Shed" and other types of roadside buildings offered design lessons that could not be ignored, and he argued that architects needed to respond to the reality and symbolism of the popularly built environment with buildings corresponding to that environment.
Venturi was a controversial critic of the purely functional and spare designs of modern orthodox architecture and was considered a counterrevolutionary.
Robert Venturi - MSN Encarta (473 words)
Robert Venturi, born in 1925, American architect and teacher, one of the most influential architectural theorists of the late 20th century.
Venturi is credited with initiating a 1960s critique of orthodox modern architecture, which led to the development of postmodernism in the 1970s.
Venturi was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Princeton University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1947 and a master of fine arts from the architecture school in 1950.
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