Downtown

Denise Scott Brown
Architekturzentrum Wien, 22 November 2018 – 18 March 2019

Denise Scott Brown is a living legend, an insider tip and an icon. She started a revolt against architectural Modernism with the aim of saving modernity. So it is high time for the world’s first extensive solo exhibition on the work of this today 87-year-old architect, urban planner, educator and writer.
Since the 1960s, Denise Scott Brown — together with her partner and husband Robert Venturi, with whom she shared an office in Philadelphia/USA — has inspired generations of architects. She redefined the connection between architecture and urban planning, the rules of design, photography and analysis, as well as issues of social responsibility and the everyday and, not least, the possibilities of joint creativity. Her university project on Las Vegas resulted in the ground-breaking book ‘Learning from Las Vegas’, whose impact can still be felt today. Scott Brown’s work has also often even been misunderstood and marginalised. Her undogmatic formal vocabulary, her modest urban interventions, but also her Mannerist escapades and her post-heroic humour are all ripe for rediscovery.