Thursday, June 21, 2012
Educator and architecture historian Jennifer Gray and architect Hyun-Tae Jung discuss how we regard architecture as signs: both as literal signs to be read from the road, and as semiotic signs with signifiers. They explore projects such as the Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia and examples from the 1976 exhibition Signs of Life. They also show how deconstructive architecture—as in Peter Eisenman and Frank Gehry’s early work, which attempted to deconstruct what is readable and functional in a building—problematizes such signs and users’ ability to understand or engage with them.
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