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No trivia or quizzes yet. Oct 05, Du rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 05, Fred rated it liked it. Virtually all architecture before the Modern Movement used decoration to convey meaning, often profound but sometimes simply perfunctory, such as the signage on medieval shop fronts. Pei will never be happy on Route Learning From Las Aprenviendo Facsimile ed. It’s a rather bold, almost crass statement about the askew focus of Modern architecture.

Space is ventuti but limitless, because its edges are dark. We can also see in this sort of reasoning that attempt to bridge the gap between high and low art that has become so typical of the postmodern sensibility.

The book’s ideas are unquestionably dated, but its relevance and revolutionary value should not be taken for granted. I had to read this book for a theory class and, while I’m not familiar with architecture, it was a well-written book full of interesting theories.

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That following fall, the two created a research studio for graduate students at Yale School of Art and Architecture. Robert Charles Venturi, Jr. The poetry does not matter’ In substituting “articulation” for decoratio An excellent if at times repetitive work.

I’ve never been to Vegas myself, but after reading this, I think my experience would be somewhat colored. Outdated by today’s standards, too academic and unenlightening to be worth the read. And some of my disappointment may come from familiarity with many of the authors’ basic arguments–they’re not new to me, which isn’t really this book’s fault then again, I did not have that reaction when I recently read Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Citiesand I’m well acquainted with her ideas.


It seems to me that he vennturi merely attempting to show people how to reevaluate ugliness with a sympathetic eye. Biography Steven Izenour There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Views Read Edit View history. Jun 07, Claudia rated it did not like it Shelves: In substituting “articulation” for decoration, it aprenduendo become a duck. The book has some great illustrations of signage and massing of buildings, which translate well.

Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form

Because this is not the time and ours is not the wprendiendo for heroic communication through pure architecture. A world shaped by what we worship is a world that we will inhabit gleefully.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Time is limitless, because the light of noon and midnight are exactly the same. This disorients the occupant in space and time. The authors felt the original edition was “too monumental for a text that praised the ugly and ordinary over the heroic and monumental” and offered a revised edition, later published as a more modest paperback in Architecture for the long run requires creation, rather than adaptation, and response to advanced technology and sophisticated organization InMIT Press began offering a facsimile edition of the original with a preface by Denise Scott Brown explaining the reservations the authors had with the original edition.

A book that beautifully presents Las Vegas’ tangible architectural elements and gives us insightful views of the overall display of rigid shapes ranging from an outward to an inward perspective.

Trivia About Learning from Las Feb 10, Erik Carter rated it it was amazing. Don’t be surprised if Jack Reacher suddenly shows up at the goodreads. As such, argued the authors, Modern buildings became mute and vacuous, especially when built for corporate or government clients. The original large-format edition was designed by Muriel Cooper for MIT Press and became a design icon in its own right after it fell out of print.


An excellent if at times repetitive work. The best thing about this book are the old photos of the now “Old” Las Vegas Strip. This book is full of suggestions, and to me the most important when in an architectural sense was to see the metaphorical or symbolical value of these structures and their usefulness. Synopsis Learning from Las Vegas created a healthy controversy on laa appearance inventurii 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.

The book is more fun than required reading. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It would be a 3.


I saw it at a conference recently, having heard the authors a few years ago speak about the impact the book has had as well as the struggles the authors had writing it. Feb 17, Josh rated it it was ok. Billboards, or those big flashy neon signs that sin city is so well known for function as symbolic representations of what a particular building or structure is trying to say. He compares Rome to Las Vegas, not to mention the fact that he introduced postmodern irony into architectural perspectives, which the classicists and the moderns probably weren’t too thrilled about.

In contrast, the “decorated shed” relies on imagery and sign. By limiting itself to strident articulations of the pure architectural elements of space, structure, and program, Modern architecture’s expression has become a dry expressionism, empty and boring – and in the end irresponsible.

Yale School of Architecture.