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Riassunto: Here is a plea for proper architectural humanity and humility as well as a plan for accommodating the desires and values of ordinary people who are too often being dragged along on architectural ego trips and uplift programs. It is also realistic examination of the American vernacular environment-as-it-is and a reexamination of the goal of architecture and the role of the architect.
Learning from Las Vegas is addressed both to directly interested parties?architects and planners?and to the fragmented majority?the innocent bypassers who get gas at a nonpseudocolonial filling station in order to drive home to some architect's monolithic superbrutal apartmented self-monument. And whether they are producers or consumers of buildings and cities, readers will discover in this book a finely argued development of ideas illuminated by numerous and varied illustrations. The book is a delight which will induce either a burst of affirmation or a splendid rage.
Venturi, Ms. Brown, and Izenour write that the lessons of Las Vegas for architects of today are as relevant as those of classical Rome were to the past century. Their book is divided into three parts. The first is an illustrated study of the iconography and symbolism of Las Vegas, with special attention to the Las Vegas "Strip"?the road leading from the airport to downtown?which leads to a head-on defense of automobile dominance and what denigrators call "urban sprawl."
The middle part generalizes this viewpoint, showing by historical example how the Modern movement has led to an architecture of the Heroic and the Original. The authors prescribe what they believe is an urgently needed antidote: a new modesty, an architectural populism, and an acceptance of the Ugly and the Ordinary.
The last part of the book illustrates how the theory is translated into reality: it presents the projects undertaken over the past several years by the firm of which the authors are members, Venturi and Rauch.
Robert Venturi, writing about today's architect, states, "I feel the role of prima donna culture hero, even in its modern form as prima donna anticulture antihero, is a late Romantic theme as obsolete for the architect and for the complex interdependencies of architectural practice today as is the 'heroic and original' building for architecture. An architect strong on his own feet does not need this illusory support at the expense of other architects...." The challenge is clear and forthright. Articles based on earlier versions of material in this book have already caused a great deal of controversy and rethinking. In writing the lexicon of vernacular architecture with an American accent, the authors have been denounced by some established professionals as nonarchitects, even anti-architects. But at the present uncertain point in the development of the Modern movement, it's a useful controversy that could result in a firmer sense of future direction and closer accommodation to social realities.
L'autore: Steven Izenour (1940-2001) was coauthor of Learning from Las Vegas (MIT Press, 1977) and a principal in the Philadelphia firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc (VSBA). His most noted projects at VSBA include Philadelphia's Basco showroom, the George D. Widener Memorial Treehouse at the Philadelphia Zoo, the Camden Children's Garden, and the house he designed for his parents in Stony Creek, Connecticut.
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Descrizione libro MIT Press (MA), 1972. Hard cover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 208 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Fair. No dust jacket. Ex-library. Typical library markings and labels, card pocket in rear. Missing jacket. Codice libro della libreria Alibris.0007102
Descrizione libro Cambridge: MIT Press, 1972. Hardcover, missing dustjacket, 190 pages; POOR condition; splits to front and rear inner hinges; pages starting to loosen from top of spine; a few splits to inner pages at gutter; boards and all pages still attached but will loosen with use; cover boards very worn at edges and corners; residue from removed tape to length of spine and 1-inch of front and rear cover from spine; 1-inch crease to lower right corner of many pages; ex-public library copy with stamps and pen marks to outer page edges; card pocket on last page; internal pages seem free of marks. As is; a useable reference copy. Foreign shipping may be extra. Codice libro della libreria LeVeCa400
Descrizione libro MIT Press (MA), 1972. Hard cover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 208 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Very good. No dust jacket. Missing dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria Alibris.0005461
Descrizione libro The MIT Press 1972-08-17, 1972. Hardcover. Condizione libro: good. First Edition. 0262220156. Codice libro della libreria 599622
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1972. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020262220156
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1972. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110262220156
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, U.S.A., 1972. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Edition, 1972. No other printings listed. Minor wear, bumping and rubbing on edges, light soiling, minor scuffing on front and rear. Binding is tight. Text block slightly sags between boards. Pages are unmarked, slight tanning on edges. A rare book in VG condition. Can send pictures. Codice libro della libreria 037241
Descrizione libro MIT Press, 1972. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. This revolutionary book of architecture is a lightly used copy with original glassine wrap. Blue cloth boards with inset. Glassine wrap age-toned with minimal edge wear along top edge. Has been encased in protective Brodart wrap and is in exceptional condition for its age. Oversized format, extensive graphics, and beautiful photographs. Codice libro della libreria 001198
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1972. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: good. First Edition, First Printing. Cambridge: The MIT Press, (1972). Hardcover in glassine dust jacket. First Edition, First Printing. Folio. xviii, 189 pages. Book Condition: Fine tight clean copy in a Good, presentable dust jacket that is toned, separated along the spine but held in place with a clear mylar cover, and with wear that includes wrinkling, tears, creasing and some areas of loss (see photos). Overall a solid, clean, collectible copy of this seminal work. A seminal and controversial book. 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 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 Vagas, 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 architectur of the commercial strip. Part II is a generalization on symbolism in architecture and the iconography of urban sprawl. Part III describes the world of Venturi and Rauch from 1965 to mid-1971.". Codice libro della libreria 933
Descrizione libro MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1972. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: near Very Good binding. Condizione sovraccoperta: near Good dust jacket. First Edition. Folio. Light shelfwear to the extremities including bumping to the corners; some separation at the back endpaper at the hinge--the hinge is holding well; contents clean and binding sound; errata slip laid in; scarce in printed glassine dust jacket; this jacket is shelfworn as usual; complete but for a chips at the spine the affects the "L" in the title; previous owner tape repairs here and there; digital images can be made available upon request. Codice libro della libreria 1965