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Venturi and Scott Brown see the Modernist rejection of history, ornament, and denotative symbolism as irresponsible, empty, boring, and inappropriate. The expressionistic use of space and light that Modernism requires is incommensurate with the scale of American society, reformatted in recent years to the automobile and the highway. Rather, the authors include a variety of maps that show demographics, activity patterns, and urban layout; and there are charts that trace concepts such as symbolism in urban space throughout history, and the difference between old and new monumentality. In this profusion of charts, graphs, tables, and maps there is pretense to scientific rigor — to a kind of a-theoretical empiricism. Yet for all its scholarly posturing, Part I is actually rather thin. It is in such analyses that the book starts to lose its potential for providing historical vision or methodological rigor.
Translated into 18 languages, the book helped foster the postmodernism art movement. That following fall, the two created a research studio for graduate students at Yale School of Art and Architecture. Izenour, a graduate student in the studio, accompanied his senior tutor colleagues, Venturi and Scott Brown, to Las Vegas in together with nine students of architecture and four planning and graphics students to study the urban form of the city. Las Vegas was regarded as a "non-city" and as an outgrowth of a "strip", along which were placed parking lots and singular frontages for gambling casinos, hotels, churches and bars. The research group studied various aspects of the city, including the commercial vernacular, lighting, patterns, styles, and symbolism in the architecture. Venturi and Scott Brown created a taxonomy for the forms, signs, and symbols they encountered. The result was a critique of Modern architecture, demonstrated most famously in the comparison between the "duck" and "decorated shed.
Learning from Las Vegas created a healthy controversy on its appearance in , calling for architects to be more receptive to the tastes and values of "common" people and less immodest in their erections of "heroic," self-aggrandizing monuments. This revision includes the full texts of Part I of the original, on the Las Vegas strip, and Part II, "Ugly and Ordinary Architecture, or the Decorated Shed," a generalization from the findings of the first part on symbolism in architecture and the iconography of urban sprawl. The final part of the first edition, on the architectural work of the firm Venturi and Rauch, is not included in the revision. The new paperback edition has a smaller format, fewer pictures, and a considerably lower price than the original. There are an added preface by Scott Brown and a bibliography of writings by the members of Venturi and Rauch and about the firm's work. Search Search.
LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS: THE FORGOTTEN SYMBOLISM. OF ARCHITECTURAL FORM. Robert Venturi. Denise Scott Brown. Steven Izenour. The MIT.
A fascimile edition of the long-out-of-print large-format edition designed by design icon Muriel Cooper. Upon its publication by the MIT. Press in , Learning from Las Vegas was immediately influential and controversial. The authors made an argument that was revolutionary. The physical book itself, designed by MIT's iconic designer Muriel.
Let me begin with a brief personal anecdote. When I first read Learning from Las Vegas , about a year after it was published in , 1 I was an undergraduate art history major for whom architectural history meant poring over the magisterial work of Alberti and Palladio, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. For a lower middle class kid struggling to find an intellectual place at a fancy Ivy League university, this was definitely a very big deal.
Learning from Las Vegas and Delirious New York are two books about American cities, and they are two books about American urbanism at specific moments in time: the s, the moment after the decline of Modernism, and the s, the moment just before its advent. Beyond being about places and times, they are about forms of architecture: successful forms of architecture, pleasurable forms of architecture, and popular forms of architecture. Beyond being about places, times, and forms, these texts are about the market and the discipline of architecture. They are about the forms of architecture and cultural engagement that liberal development was able to generate and which the discipline was failing to produce. In order to evaluate the enduring or exhausted legacy of these projects, we must appraise these texts and their attitudes towards place, time, form, and the market.
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