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The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in American Studies 2004

Architecture as Signs and Systems

For a Mannerist Time

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674015715

Publication Date: 12/17/2004


264 pages

333 color illustrations, 45 halftones, 14 line drawings

Belknap Press

The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in American Studies


  • Introduction [Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown]
  • I. Architecture as Sign rather than SpaceNew Mannerism rather than Old Expressionism [Robert Venturi]
    • 1. An Evolution of Ideas
    • 2. Communication and Convention for an Iconographic Architecture
    • 3. Architecture as Sign in the Work of VSBA
    • 4. A New Mannerism, for Architecture as Sign
  • II. Architecture as Patterns and SystemsLearning from Planning [Denise Scott Brown]
    • 5. Some Ideas and Their History
    • 6. Activities as Patterns
    • 7. The Redefinition of Functionalism
    • 8. Context in Context
    • 9. Essays in Context
    • 10. Mannerism, because You Can’t Follow All the Rules of All the Systems All the Time
  • Conclusion: Signs and Sytems in a Mannerist Architecture for Today [Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown]
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2010 Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
  • Finalist, 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Architecture Category
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