Learning From Las Vegas : The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form

Learning From Las Vegas : The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form
Author: Robert Venturi Denise Scott Brown Steven Izenour
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Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 208
Hours of reading: 3.5 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 23,11 €

About the book

Learning from Las Vegas created a healthy controversy on its appearance in 1972, 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.

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...a brilliant document of the times...a work which uses history knowledgeably, skillfully, and creatively: a rarity. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians ...professionally informed, competitively astute, and perversely brilliant... The Yale Review ...these studies are brilliant...the kind of art history and theory that is rarely produced. Ada Louis Huxtable, The New York Times

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...a brilliant document of the times...a work which uses history knowledgeably, skillfully, and creatively: a rarity.--Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians-- ...professionally informed, competitively astute, and perversely brilliant... --The Yale Review-- ...these studies are brilliant...the kind of art history and theory that is rarely produced. --Ada Louis Huxtable, The New York Times--

Robert Venturi Biography

Robert Charles Venturi Jr. (June 25, 1925 – September 18, 2018) was an American architect, founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures of the twentieth century. Together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, he helped shape the way that architects, planners and students experience and think about architecture and the built environment. Their buildings, planning, theoretical writings, and teaching have also contributed to the expansion of discourse about architecture. Venturi was awarded the Pritzker Prize in Architecture in 1991; the prize was awarded to him alone, despite a request to include his equal partner, Scott Brown. Subsequently, a group of women architects attempted to get her name added retroactively to the prize, but the Pritzker Prize jury declined to do so. Venturi is also known for having coined the maxim "Less is a bore", a postmodern antidote to Mies van der Rohe's famous modernist dictum "Less is more". Venturi lived in Philadelphia with Denise Scott Brown. He is the father of James Venturi, founder and principal of ReThink Studio.

Early life and education

Venturi was born in Philadelphia to Robert Venturi Sr. and Vanna (née Luizi) Venturi and was raised as a Quaker. Venturi attended school at the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1947 where he was a member-elect of Phi Beta Kappa and won the D'Amato Prize in Architecture. He received his M.F.A. from Princeton in 1950. The educational program at Princeton under Professor Jean Labatut, who offered provocative design studios within a Beaux-Arts pedagogical framework, was a key factor in Venturi's development of an approach to architectural theory and design that drew from architectural history and commercial architecture in analytical, as opposed to stylistic, terms. In 1951 he briefly worked under Eero Saarinen in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and later for Louis Kahn in Philadelphia. He was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 1954, where he studied and toured Europe for two years. From 1959 to 1967, Venturi held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Kahn's teaching assistant, an instructor, and later, as associate professor. It was there, in 1960, that he met fellow faculty member, architect and planner Denise Scott Brown. Venturi taught later at the Yale School of Architecture and was a visiting lecturer with Scott Brown in 2003 at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Architectural theories

A controversial critic of what he saw as the blithely functionalist and symbolically vacuous architecture of corporate modernism during the 1950s, Venturi was one of the first architects to question some of the premises of the Modern Movement. He published his "gentle manifesto", Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture in 1966; in its introducti ... Read full biography

Authors: Robert Venturi Denise Scott Brown Steven Izenour
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Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Imprint: MIT Press
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780262720069
ISBN10: 026272006X
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Edition: Revised
Edition Statement: revised edition
Illustrations: 180 color illus., 358 b&w illus.; 538 Illustrations, unspecified
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Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
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Pages: 208
Book Weight: 340
Book Dimensions: 152x229x11
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Publication date: July 11, 2005
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Publication City/Country: Cambridge, United States

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