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More purely expressive examples are the facades of the parish church in Lampa, Peru, and the chapel entrance in Fontainebleau, which contain enormous pressures within their borders like a Mannerist painting.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), p. 75.

Containment and intricacy have been characteristic of the city as well. Fortified walls for military protection and the greenbelt for civic protection are examples of this phenomenon. Contained intricacy might be one of the viable methods for dealing with urban chaos and the endlessness of roadtown; through the creative use of zoning and positive architectural features it is possible to concentrate the intricacies of road towns and junkyards, actual and figurative. And like the sculpture which consists of compressed automobiles by John Chamberlain and the photographs through telescopic lens in Blake's God's Own Junkyard, they achieve an ironically compelling kind of unity.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), pp.75-6.

Contradiction between the inside and the outside may manifest itself in an unattached lining which produces an additional space between the lining and the exterior wall. Plan diagrams illustrate that such layers between the inside space and the outside space can be more or less contrasting in shape, position, pattern, and size. Diagram 'a' illustrates the simplest kind which is analogous and attached. A different material inside, wainscoting in this case, provides the contrast.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), p. 76.




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