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Viva Venturis

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So what exactly are Bob and Denise into these days? The answer is Iconographic-generic architecture. 'We are not ashamed to design buildings that look like buildings, ' their Venice manifesto declares roundly. Such buildings are 'naughty rather than nutty;

shelters rather than sculptures;

generic rather than articulated;

iconographic rather than abstract;

electronic informative rather than industrial rocaille; good rather than new; vivid/contemporary rather than heroic/modern; mannerist rather than expressionist' Phew! In a nutshell, they want 'the demise of boring post-industrial industrial ornament - and the timely adaptation of exciting commercial vernacular '. And let's hear it for 'the demise of expressive functionalism - and the return to generic accommodation'.

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