Friday 4 November 2016, 14:00 - 19:00
50 years of “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture”.


Graziella Lonardi Buontempo Hall – admittance free subject to availability of places

“Probably the most important writing on the making of architecture since Le Corbusier’s Vers une Architecture of 1923″,
Vincent Scully

In 1966, Robert Venturi wrote Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, a fundamental text underlying a renewed interest in the history of international architecture from the 1970s: it presented a “gentle manifesto” against the “moralist and puritan idiom” of late Modernism which saw in its contradictions the vehicle for a universal and expressive poetic sentiment.

To celebrate one of the most important architectural texts of the 20th century, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its publication, , three days of events to further explore the validity and contemporary influence of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, discussing its role within the current and complex panorama of architectural criticism.

Stanislaus von Moos architecture historian – Zurich University
Paolo Portoghesi architect and architecture historian – Sapienza University
Martino Stierli architecture historian- The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design – MOMA
Inaqui Carnicero architect – California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Paolo Desideri architect – Roma Tre University

50 years of “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture”

The programme unfolds over three days: it starts with the symposium on Friday 4 November, followed by the debate on Saturday 5 November and finally on Sunday 6 November, The Places of Complexity and Contradiction in Rome, a guided tour of some of the places and works in Rome featured in Venturi’s book.

Programme of events curated by Lorenzo Pignatti, G. d’Annunzio University and Carolina Vaccaro, Temple University, produced in collaboration with MAXXI, AACUPI – Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, the American Embassy in Rome, the American Academy in Rome, Roma Tre University, ‘Gabriele D’Annunzio’ University of Pescara, The Rome and Province Order of Architects, DOMUS and Salini Impregilo.

Other events of the Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture cycle