Monday, May 16, 2011

Postmodern Architecture

The "Art Ladder", the main staircase...Image via Wikipedia[Postmodern characteristics] “elements that are hybrid rather than ‘pure’, compromising rather than ‘clear’, distorted rather than ‘straightforward’, ambiguous rather than ‘articulated’, perverse as well as ‘impersonal’, conventional rather than ‘designed’, accommodating rather than ‘excluding’, redundant rather than simple, vestigial as well as innovating, inconsistent and equivocal rather than direct and clear” – Robert Venturi.

Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.

The photograph shows "The "Art Ladder", the main staircase of the original Robert Venturi portion of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington. The visible statues are Chinese funerary statues: two rams and a civilian guardian" - from Wikipedia.

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