The Difficult Whole

A Reference Book on the Work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Edited by Architecture Without Content

The Difficult Whole

Edited by Architecture Without Content

Distributed for Park Books

208 pages | 50 color plates, 20 halftones, 30 line drawings | 8 1/2 x 12 | © 2015
Cloth $39.00 ISBN: 9783906027845 Published September 2016 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
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 re-evaluation 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.
Contents
The Difficult Whole
Office Ambience 1959 – 1989
 
Beach House
Guild House
North Penn Visiting Nurse Association Building
Vanna Venturi House
Meiss House
Haas Garage
Three Buildings for a Town in Ohio
Frug House
Varga-Brigio Medical Office Building
Fire Station Number 4
National College Football Hall of Fame
Lieb House
Dixwell Fire Station
Transportation Square Office Building
Hersey House
Wike House
Humanities Building
Social Sciences Building
Trubek and Wislocki Houses
Brant House
Best Products
BASCO
ISI Headquarters
Gordon Wu Hall
Khulafa Street Building
Lewis Thomas Laboratory
Clinical Research Building
Sainsbury Wing
 
Nineteen Observations on Venturi’s Architecture
From the Difficult Order Toward the Difficult Whole
 
Image Credits
 
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