Robert Venturi, Author and Architect, Dies at 93
Fred A. Bernstein reports:
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.
Bernstein's coverage of Venturi's passing includes a long chronology of design and writing accomplishments. Venturi's relevance beyond the architecture profession is obvious, with books like Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture and Learning from Las Vegas among the urban design cannon. For more on Venturi's professional accomplishments, read the citation he received for earning the Pritzker Prize in 1991. Both Venturi's son, James Venturi, and wife, Denise Scott Brown, are urban planners.
The news of Venturi's passing lead to an outpouring of remembrances and condolences online this week. Here's a partial reading list.
- Obituary: Robert Venturi, 1925–2018 (Architectural Record)
- Goodbye to Robert Venturi (Arbitare)
- Postmodernism pioneer Robert Venturi dies aged 93 (Dezeen)
- Robert Venturi, pioneer of Postmodernism, passes away (The Architect's Newspaper)
- Architect Robert Venturi dies at age 93 (Archinect)