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I am a monument : on Learning from Las Vegas

Author: Aron Vinegar
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Learning from Las Vegas, originally published by the MIT Press in 1972, was one of the most influential and controversial architectural books of its era. Thirty-five years later, it remains a perennial bestseller and a definitive theoretical text. Its authors - architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour - famously used the Las Vegas Strip to argue the virtues of the "ordinary and ugly" above  Read more...
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Named Person: Robert Venturi; Venturi; Robert Venturi; Robert Venturi
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Aron Vinegar
ISBN: 9780262220828 0262220822
OCLC Number: 180908121
Description: x, 234 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Approaching Las Vegas in Wonder and Ambivalence --
Our City of Words --
Of Ducks, Decorated Sheds, and Other Minds --
Blinking Signs --
Reducks, 1972, 1977 --
Appendix: Vincent Scully, Unpublished Introduction to Learning from Las Vegas.
Responsibility: Aron Vinegar.
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Rereading one of the most influential architectural books of the twentieth century--as intellectual project, graphic design landmark, and prescient introduction to issues of concern today.  Read more...

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"Aron Vinegar literally reopens the book on architectural postmodernism. By reading Learning from Las Vegas as philosophy, not irony, Vinegar reaches out from American architecture in the 1970s to Read more...

 
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