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Leach’s critique of Learning From Las Vegas

In his critique of  the book “Learning From Las Vegas”,  by Venturi, Brown and Izenour, Neil Leach argues that not only is this work not revolutionary, but that it is rather “trapped within an uncritical domain of capitalist values”. The … Continue reading

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The Profane, the Sacred, and the Collective Us.

Learning from Las Vegas In Learning from Las Vegas, we are reminded that how we construct our structures–social, built/urban, cultural, etc.–bears as a direct reflection upon our contemporary collective identity.  To some, it is vulgar, while to others, it presents a … Continue reading

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Learning from structuralism

Although Learning from Las Vegas can seem banal today, it was a true architectural revolution when it was done in the early 1970s. An in-depth architectural research of the Strip? Shocking! Why would Yale University professors and students waste their … Continue reading

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The “post-modern” tendencies (Venturi and Leach)

It is always interesting to be reminded of the influence that had the economic determinism on the socio-cultural values of mass societies. Indeed, in all three texts, we see how the “post-modern” man has pushed away most of the vernacular … Continue reading

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Comments on 0104 readings

The main idea of the Learning from Las Vegas is not that much a research on sign but more a manifesto for the ending of the authoritarian way of the study of architecture advocated, not only by modernist but also … Continue reading

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