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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.

As of a group of women architects is attempting to get her name added retroactively to the prize. 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.

Had to read this for my Theories of Popular Culture class for English. The concept of “the duck, and the decorated shed” are fundamental yet quite interesting. The iconography and mixed media of roadside commercial architecture will point the way, if we will look.

I suppose that eyesores are eyesores for a ce. Naked children have never played ventuei our fountains, and I. PaperbackRevisedpages.

Venturi’s duck and decorated vegae were also fun to learn about and our teacher encouraged us to examine our own city for similar architectural theory. Because this is not the time and ours is not the environment for heroic communication through pure architecture.

Quotes from Learning from Las View all 7 comments. He expresses it somewhat well in the following passage. Venturi’s text is certainly influential, even if it is dated. Books by Robert Venturi. A world shaped by what we worship is a vehturi that we will inhabit gleefully. Overall it was a good afternoon read.


How ignorant and selfish has society become? 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.

I’m not an architect or an architecture student so I was unfamiliar with much of the vernacular and some of the concepts were over my head. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form by Robert Venturi

For an architectural theory book it’s top notch. Scott Brown to redesign the book. Together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, he helped to shape the way that architects, planners and students experience and think about architecture and the American built environment. I learned a lot.

Nov 13, Ian rated it really liked it Shelves: Retrieved 6 July The illustrations and tables are very 60s polsci though and gave me plenty of flashbacks. 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.

The lighting is antiarchitectural. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Essential book 4 dezigners. Yale School of Architecture. One loses track of where one is and when it is.

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La primera parte muy bien, la segunda no tanto. In a way, Venturi’s text is written by that of a complete postmodern provocateur, single-handedly justifying ugliness in architecture “after modernism”. Mar 12, Robert Ullrich rated it really liked it. His symbolical relativism more or less diminishes every formal masterpiece ever constructed, and he praises Las Vegas for being the ideal architectural environment for efficiently accommodating urban automobile culture. Between the two drawings of the Dunes cross-section and an illustration of the “vulgarity” of the Tropicana sign, Venturi has drawn a large NO inside a circle with arrows pointing to both drawings.


Feb 10, Erik Carter rated it it was amazing. The book has some great illustrations of signage and massing of buildings, which translate well.

Light is not used to define space.

May 23, Amy Heeter rated it it was amazing. 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. That following fall, the two created a research studio for apfendiendo students at Yale School of Art and Architecture.


Interviewed by Stephanie Salomon and Steve Kroeter. Consider this a firm premonition. 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.

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’ Benturi Death and Life of Great American Citiesand I’m well acquainted with her ideas.

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