Contradictions and Complexities

  title={Contradictions and Complexities},
  author={Peter L. Laurence},
  journal={Journal of Architectural Education},
  pages={49 - 60}
Abstract When Robert Venturi began writing Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture in 1962, Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) was the subject of dinner-table conversation across the country. Apart from Jacobs's direct influence, among the parallels that emerged from their Townscape affiliations and other interests, the concept of complexity stands out, with Venturi's conception echoing Jacobs's historic introduction of complexity science into architectural… Expand
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Science and complexity.
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Jacobs, in other words, anticipated by many decades Mark C.Taylor's argument against superficial complexity in The Moment of Complexity
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University of Chicago Press, 2001), p
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Random House, 1984) and anomalies and complexity science in Systems of Survival
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It is notable that Diane Ghirardo similarly observed in Frank Gehry's architecture the expression of Jacobs's ideas
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The Moment of Complexity, p. 40. It is notable that Diane Ghirardo similarly observed in Frank Gehry’s architecture the expression of Jacobs’s ideas
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Swerve, 1997), relevant here for De Landa’s acknowledgment of Jane Jacobs, as well as systems theory scientist Arthur Iberall, in developing his thesis
  • Not mentioned by De Landa is the fact that Iberall himself was greatly influenced by The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jacobs and Iberall maintained a correspondence from the time Iberall wrote his Toward a General Science of Variable Systems
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New Directions in American Architecture (New York: George Braziller, 1969), p. 53.The Copley Square project was not included in Stern’s 40 Under 40 exhibition
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