Less Is A Bore Analysis

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Good design is complex and contradictory this is supported by the statement “less is a bore” and that less doesn 't mean more. By having less you lose the interesting aspects of complexity. Venturi points that the richness and complexity of modern experience needs to be expressed in our architecture. This is further supported by the statement that function doesn 't follow form and that ornaments are valuable for architecture. Ornaments in architecture have meaning, is intrinsically symbolic, and can be used to communicate ideas.

Complexity and contradiction are words seen to have negative meanings in daily language. Ozturk (2014) states that if there is a complexity, it should be simplified and if there is a contradiction it should be eliminated
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Like in art there is complexity because there is ambiguity; Venturi claims that that’s what architecture should be as well (Venturi, 1965). Venturi criticized modernism for discarding the complexities and being limited as oppose to accommodating. Which then Venturi coined the term ‘less is a bore’, “forced simplification results in oversimplification…where simplicity cannot work, simpleness results. Blatant simplification means bland architecture” (Venturi, 1965). ‘Less is a bore’ contradicts many of the popular conventional modernist architects such as Mies van der Rohe who stated that “less is more”. Which means that the concept of design should be based on simplicity (Kahl, 2008). A prime example is the Barcelona Pavilion which used, pure design elements, right angles, unambiguous meaning and the use of open floor plan idea, simple lines, pure and cubic shapes (Rulli, 2007). On the contrary ‘less is a bore’ aims to push against rectilinear and simplistic styles of modernism. Modern architects have build many noteworthy buildings but they have been overlooked by the general public, as they looked overly unusual. Merkel (2010) states that the modern buildings are perhaps, too plain, subtle and modest. However throughout the postmodern period architects started designing buildings that captured the popular imagination. Venturi states that his main approach was to ‘emphasize an architecture which promotes richness over simplicity’ (Owens, 1986). The Guild House, a residential building by Robert Venturi is another defining example of postmodern architecture, as it used ordinary materials, familiar forms and minimal decorative

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