COMPLEXITY AND CONTRADICTION IN ARCHITECTURE Name of Student Name of Institution: Introduction Robert Charles Venturi Jr. is an architect from America born in the year 1925. He is the founding father of Venturi firm famously known as “Scott Brown and Associates.” The publishment of the book “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture” was in the year 1966 after Venturi getting help of a grant from Graham Foundation (Venturi 1997). The Museum of Modern Art New York re-published the book in the year 2002 with the aim of recognizing the book’s role in shaping the modern architecture. “Gentle manifesto” best specifies Venturi’s book due to the impacts it has on the current architecture. The book revolves around the theme of architecture in the modern world as Scully says “Probably the most important writing on the making of architecture since Le Corbusier’s Vers Une Architecture of 1923.” Summary The book begins with people. Venturi’s non-linear method to the history of architecture is convincing which it then gains acceleration by the inclusion of projects inclined to engineer and architecture that are non-Western into his book bringing light in this world that has the attractive force to his book In conclusion Robert Venturi brilliantly brings the reflection of the title of the book through his arguments and explanations which adequately and completely covers the issues of architecture. The information he puts across is reflecting the existence of “postmodernism.” However he takes the architectural works literally as a norm of life instead of focusing on the fulfilment of the social issues which if amalgamated will bring tremendous improvement in the architectural world. Despite that his book remains to be valuable since it stirred revolutionary actions to historical architecture towards modernism. Reference Venturi R. (1977). Complexity and contradiction in architecture (Vol. 1). The Museum of modern art. [...]
BOOK REVIEW OF 4 pages INTRODUCTION Your audience has not read this book, so you will need to provide some background information. • Identify the book by author, title, and sometimes publishing information. • Specify the type of book (textbook, biography, technical manual, etc.). • Give an overview of the book’s theme or main idea. CONCISE SUMMARY Now you will provide a synopsis of the book. This should be brief—about one-third of your entire review—since the later evaluation takes priority. The summary should include: • A summary of the contents—similar to what you might find on the back of a book. • A description of how the book is organized. • The book’s thesis. • The author’s evidence. • Paraphrases and quotes. EVALUATION & CONCLUSION The final and most important part of your book review is the evaluation and conclusion. This will make up about one-half of your paper. Here you will answer many of the questions from the Q stage of SQ3R such as: • Did the title it effectively describe the message of the text? • Did the author cover the subject adequately? • How does the information compare or contrast to information that you already know? • Is the author’s evidence convincing? • What was successful or effective? • What could be improved? • Has the author accomplished her goals in writing this book?