Las Vegas Studio
Images from the Archive of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Now in paperback: a celebration of Venturi and Scott Brown's legendary Las Vegas images.
New edition, 2015
Text in English only
196 pages, 150 color and 22 b/w illustrations
20 x 26 cm
In cooperation with Museum im Bellpark, Kriens
Since it was first published in 1972, Learning from Las Vegas has become a classic in the theory of architecture and one of the most influential architecture texts of the twentieth century. The treatise by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour (1940–2001) enjoys a reputation as a signal work of postmodernism in architecture and urban planning. Yet none of the book’s editions have ever featured high-quality color images of the field research the authors conducted to illustrate their argument. Las Vegas Studio is the first book ever to present these significant photographs in large, full-color reproductions.
Now available in paperback, this unique book features these iconic images and film stills, alongside essays by Swiss scholars Stanislaus von Moos and Martino Stierli that explore how the pictures contemplate the phenomenon of the modern city. Also included is a discussion by curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist with Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Swiss artist Peter Fischli that speaks to the strong and lasting influence these images still have on contemporary art and movies.
A unique opportunity to experience the full intent and import of the Learning from Las Vegas project, Las Vegas Studio continues to appeal to architects, architectural historians, and scholars alike.
«Eine lässige, unorthodoxe, aber extrem inspirierte Mischung aus ambitionierten Architekturfotografien, Filmsequenzen, Schnappschüssen und vielen charmanten Blicken hinter die Kulissen des Projekts, das allen Beteiligten unverkennbar sehr viel Spass gemacht hat.» Jörg Häntzschel, Süddeutsche Zeitung
For the original hardback edition (2008):
“One of those Swiss books in which meticulous design, lay-out and editing are charming and serious at the same time.” Sebastian Hau, foam magazine
“A stylish new art book revisits a 40-year-old study of the commercial iconography of Las Vegas that changed the way people talked about architecture. The result comes across as a private scrapbook or intimate photo album, a fond memento of the experience and of the time.” Kristen Peterson, Las Vegas Sun
“A fine book, which not only includes excellent reproductions of the photographs, but also features a well-written and well-documented essays about Las Vegas studio.” Karin, Theunissen, EAHN – European Architectural History Network