Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown coined the terms "Duck" and "Decorated Shed" as two ways of explaining the use of symbolism in architecture. The Duck refers to the building as symbol and the Decorated Shed a box with applied symbols. In their own work they favored the Decorated Shed as a model.
"When Modern Architects righteously abandon ornament on buildings, they unconsciously designed buildings that were ornament. In promoting Space and Articulation over symbolism and ornament, they distorted the whole building into a duck." - Learning From Las Vegas
Robert and Denise visiting the LOTUS