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Las Vegas in the rearview mirror : the city in theory, photography, and film

Author: Martino Stierli
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Getty Research Institute, ©2013.
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"For their seminal work Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour documented a sprawling postwar American city from a moving car. Martino Stierli examines their cinematic methodology against the background of contemporary photography and pop and conceptual art, including the work of artists Ed Ruscha and Stephen Shore, while highlighting Los Angeles as a cultural, urban, and
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Named Person: Robert Venturi; Denise Scott Brown
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martino Stierli
ISBN: 9781606061374 1606061372
OCLC Number: 846551286
Description: 354 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: The city in the book: the typography and design of Learning from Las Vegas ; A chronology of events ; The book as object ; The discourse in text and image : The rhetoric of types of representation: photography, tables, and maps; The correspondences between form and content; The typography from a historical perspective; The controversy between the authors and the graphic designers; The linguistic dimension --
The image of Las Vegas: the representation and discourse of an entertainment metropolis : A brief architectural history of the city ; The "apocalyptics" and the "integrated": the reception of Las Vegas in theory, literature, and film ; Las Vegas as an emblem of pop culture; on the culture theory of Tom Wolfe ; The dissolution of architecture into light: expressionism, Reyner Banham, and Archigram --
The city as image: on the phenomenology of the urban : Through the lens: Denise Scott Brown's urban photography ; Learning from Las Vegas, or representing the city ; Townscape: the city as image : Excursus: Camillo Sitte, townscape, and the picturesque ; "The perceptual form of the city": a research project at MIT ; Images of the city in pop art and conceptual art --
The city in motion: film, urban perception, and the mobilized gaze : Venturi and Scott Brown, the image of the city, and film ; The image of the city and the image sequence in the avant-garde ; Perceiving the city sequentially ; "The perceptual form of the city": the American context ; The view from the road: the windshield as movie screen ; Cinema, modernity, and the crisis of attention --
Strip, sprawl, and roadtown in the discourse on the city: concepts and debates related to mobility, architecture, and urban form : The decentralized city: theories and critique : From Main Street to the commercial strip; The linear city; Edgar Chambless's Roadtown and the critique of the megastructure; Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City; CIAM, Sigfried Giedion, and the core of the city ; Visual polemics against the form and iconography of roadtown: automobility and billboards in dispute : Excursus: On the rhetoric of the pictorial comparison ; Roadtown as a resource fro architecture and urbanism --
Pop: architecture between "high" and "low" : Pop art and "pop architecture" ; Architecture between critique and affirmation ; The fascination of the vulgar, or, Nostalgie de la Boue --
The city as communication: architecture between symbolism and monumentality : The city as a sign system ; The critique of functionalism ; The "metaphysical" city: Melvin Webber's "Nonplace urban realm" and Lewis Mumford's "Invisible city" ; Public space, urbanity, and monumentality.
Other Titles: Las Vegas im Rückspiegel.
Vegas in the rearview mirror
Responsibility: Martino Stierli ; translation by Elizabeth Tucker.

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An illustrated reevaluation of the seminal architectural manifesto Learning from Las Vegas. It explores the significance of this controversial publication by situating it in the artistic,  Read more...

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"Martino Stierli examines "Learning from Las Vegas" as an urbanist analysis, within the artistic and architectural context of 1960s-70s pop culture, high and low art, and urban forms."--"Book News"

 
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