LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS.
VENTURI, Robert, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS.
Cambridge: The MIT Press, (1972). Folio. Cloth, dust jacket. xviii, 189 pages. First edition.
A seminal and controversial book, rarely found in a dust jacket. In 1968, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour taught a third year studio graduate class at Yale that would have great implications on the study of architecture in the postmodern era. The class was called "Learning from Las Vegas, or Form Analysis as Design Research." There were thirteen students in total. In the end, their work would comprise the basis for the landmark architectural work Learning from Las Vegas, authored by Venturi, Brown, and Izenour, but compiled, researched and photographed by the students themselves. "The first part of this book is a description of our study of the architecture of the commercial strip. Part II is a generalization on symbolism in architecture and the iconography of urban sprawl. Part III describes the work of Venturi and Rauch from 1965 to mid-1971." Fine in chipped dust jacket.