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Problems with developers


Paranoia and bad reviews
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Architect
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[RV] People were shocked by Learning from Las Vegas. People were shocked by the book I’ve written recently about the architectural historians, who couldn’t stand Learning from Las Vegas.

[DSB] Just look at the press.

[RV] Couldn’t stand, not Learning from Las Vegas, but looking at… but from Complexity and Contradiction. We got lots of bad reviews in all sorts of elements of the press, so, it’s that way. A lot of the jobs we’ve been up for and we didn’t get it, and some other architect got it and they probably weren’t as good as we are.

[DSB] Some, some… we once heard this definitions… these definitions to do with paranoia: if you’re in the African jungle and you say there are elephants coming through the window you’re not paranoiac, but if you are in a Philadelphia living room and you say there’re elephants coming in the window, good chances are you are paranoiac. Well, someone’s Philadelphia window can be another person’s African jungle and sometimes people don’t realise the jungle we’re living in.

[RV] I have a phrase, if we… if you weren’t paranoid you’d be crazy.

Internationally renowned architects Robert Venturi (1925-2018) and Denise Scott Brown (b.1931) have helped transform contemporary design through their innovative architecture and planning. Winners of numerous prestigious awards, their designs have championed multiculturalism, social activism, symbolism, pop culture, history and evolving technologies.

Listeners: Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes is Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent books include Human Built World, Rescuing Prometheus and American Genesis. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, US National Academy of Engineering, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds

Date story recorded: 22nd to 23rd September 2006

Date story went live: 27 May 2010