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A visit to Penn Station as a young boy


Research, theory and design
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Architect
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[DSB] Bob and I have set up this office so that it satisfies our needs as creative people to look at things, to design and to theorize, and to move between those three fields. So we look at Las Vegas, it gives us a feeling, we start researching and theorizing and we start designing. Or we design something and it gives us a new idea and we go out and look at Tokyo and then we… every time we write to show what we’ve learned, or to theorize or something like that. Now, we call that our mini university that’s right here in the office. It’s a very expensive way to run a practice but it makes life worth living.

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: 48 seconds

Date story recorded: 22nd to 23rd September 2006

Date story went live: 27 May 2010