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Las Vegas, 1968

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 10th April 2009 12:08am
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The Mint Casino Las Vegas 1968

Ever wonder what would happen if you unleashed a bunch of artsy ivy league photography students on Las Vegas in 1968? I think about it all the f-ing time... and I'll wonder no more.

1968, American architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour joined together with students from Yale University and took on Las Vegas as a subject of research. The research led to the 1972 publication of the seminal architectural theory treatise "Learning from Las Vegas". Since it was first published in 1972, it has become a classic in the theory of architecture, and one of the most influential architectural texts of the twentieth century.

Las Vegas Studio presents for the first time these significant photographs in large color reproductions. The numerous pictures and films the architects shot during their research in 1968 are a crucial aspect of their architectural study, which relies heavily on these images as the foundation of their ideas. The original slides of these pictures are held by Philadelphia architecture firm Venturi, Scott Brown, & Associates, which has only now opened its archive. The book assembles a large selection of these iconic images and film stills, alongside essays that explore how the pictures contemplate the phenomenon of the modern city and forge the link to architectural practice of the decades since.

See some photos from the book on Architectsjournal.co.uk (click the images to the right to launch a slide show)

The even hopped onto a helicopter and did barnstorming runs at the marquees - holy crap!

I'm starting to think my coffee table might need a coffee table of its own to hold all the Vegas coffee table books I've got.

Thanks TD for sharing the linkage.



Comments & Discussion:

Both books from these folks are definitely my next order from Amazon.

Awesome. Ordered.

'Learning From Las Vegas' is a great read for those that haven't seen it.

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