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episode 25 - Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown - part 01

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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2011

Part 1: In Part 1 of this two-part interview, architect Robert Venturi and architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown talk about their careers and work as principals in their Philadelphia-based firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. Venturi and Scott Brown have been guiding and redirecting the mainstream of modern American and world architecture for decades. They talk about their interest in signage and ornamentation, their work in academic architecture, buildings in the context of their environments, and the purist versus the complex style. The interview features photos of VSBA buildings.

Part 2: In Part 2 of this two-part interview, architect Robert Venturi and architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown talk about their views on architectural history and offer critiques of various architectural styles. They assert that buildings should convey information. In discussing their work on the National Gallery in London, they describe how their new addition to the museum inflects towards the existing structure and why this is important. Their optimistic view of culture is evident as they speak of their love for Tokyo and Shanghai, cities that jump with vitality and bring together many cultures. Numerous illustrations enhance this interview.

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