Robert Venturi's Rome
AIA Gold Medal | Robert Venturi, 2016
Robert Venturi's Rome is a guidebook to the city of Rome as seen through the eyes of Robert Venturi and his classic text Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by two subsequent Rome Prize fellows and architects, Frederick Fisher and Stephen Harby. Fisher and Harby take the reader on a journey back through time by visiting and discussing the Roman buildings and places that exemplify Venturi's revolutionary ideas. The buildings and what they meant to Venturi are re-examined with the perspective of fifty years of architectural advancements. The volume is full of imaginative and analytical watercolor illustrations painted exclusively for the book and inspired by the small black and white illustrations in Venturi's work.
In the original book, published in 1966, Venturi viewed architecture, landscape and art as different manifestations of common aesthetic themes. Venturi wrote this seminal publication following a two-year Rome Prize fellowship at theAmerican Academy in Rome, and there is no doubt the city had a profound influence on his thinking. Many buildings in Rome serve as examples that illustrate his theories. From the Pantheon, through works by his favorite artist, Michelangelo, and on to 20th century buildings by Armando Brasini and Luigi Moretti, Venturi reveals Rome as a complex and contradictory city. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture became one of the era's most significant theoretical works on architectural theory and is still fundamental to the development of every young architect's outlook on architecture. Thus, Fisher and Harby's Robert Venturi's Rome pays homage to the design influence this publication has had, and will continue to have, on the design world.
By Frederick Fisher, Stephen Harby
ORO Editions, 2017
Paperback, 112 Pages
5.5 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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