Notable American Architect Robert Venturi recently passed away at the age of 93. For me he was a household name and figure I grew up with having driven by a local fire station he designed almost everyday in my youth in Columbus, Indiana.
The New York Times wrote this week: For much of the 20th century, “serious” architects, led by Le Corbusierand Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, favored unadorned surfaces and strictly geometric forms. But in his treatise “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture,” published in 1966, Mr. Venturi argued that ornament, historical allusions and even humor had a place in modern architecture. The book was a retort to Mies’s assertion that “less is more.” “Less is a bore,” Mr. Venturi wrote.
To see an overview on Venturi go here.