Learning from Las Vegas, revised edition
The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form
208 pp., 6 x 9 in, 180 color illus., 358 b&w illus.
- Published: May 15, 1977
- Published: June 15, 1977
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.
...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 Louise Huxtable
The New York Times