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Unformatted text preview: November 8, 2007 Symbolism in Design Iconography: study of visual images, symbols, meanings; really long history (Greeks and Romans) Semiotics: study of signs and symbolsdrawn from literature; generally related to iconography just not as obvious Some symbols are very blatant: lady with scales means justice Symbols are culturally based, the whole culture has to know what the symbol means Latrobe corncob iconography: Benjamin Henry Latrobe, thought American buildings should have American things on them, put corncobs on the top of pillars (instead of the leaves Greeks used), also used tobacco leaves Chicago Tribune Tower: John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, 1922; owner of the Chicago Tribune wanted symbols of iconic buildings from around the world around the base of the building (World Trade Center, cathedrals, etc.), symbolizes that they report news from around the world Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture 1966, Learning from Las Vegan: The Forgotten Symbolism of...
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- Fall '07