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Old 10-10-2018, 07:21 PM   #2351
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76 (and other celebrity deaths): RIP Aretha Franklin

A ton of ornamental bricks killed Robert Venturi, architect, dead at 93.


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Sept. 19, 2018

Robert Venturi, the influential American architect and theorist whose buildings and best-selling books helped inspire the movement known as postmodernism, in which historic elements enliven contemporary forms, died on Tuesday at his home in Philadelphia. He was 93.

The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his son, James Venturi, an urban planner, said.

For much of the 20th century, “serious” architects, led by Le Corbusier and 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.

“I am for richness of meaning rather than clarity of meaning,” he explained. His goal, he said, was to awaken architects “from prim dreams of pure order.”


No one cares. Well, John Cole might. I might also - if I knew more about him. Apparently he set other architects screaming down halls and out into the dark void. Bully for him, if so.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:33 PM   #2352
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Will Vinton, Oscar and Emmy award winning animator, died last week at 70.
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