Eyes That Saw

Eyes That Saw

Architecture after Las Vegas

An intellectual panorama about the significance and lasting effect of Learning from Las Vegas in architecture and urban design as well as in visual arts




Edited by Stanislaus von Moos and Martino Stierli

1st edition

, 2020

Text in English


504 pages, 197 color and 110 b/w illustrations

14 x 21 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-820-1


At the peak of the 1968/69 students’ riots at American Universities, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, together with Steven Izenour, pursued their Design and Research Studio on the topic of Las Vegas at Yale School of Architecture. The results of this were condensed into the book Learning from Las Vegas that became a classic almost instantly upon its first publication in 1972. The treatise excited the 1970s architecture world and has remained influential to architects, teachers and theoreticians to the present day.

Some forty years later, Eyes that Saw: Architecture after Las Vegas offers a richly illustrated collection of essays by renowned scholars of art and architectural history, eminent architects, and artists, investigating Learning from Las Vegas and its heritage from various perspectives. All build on the knowledge of the radical influence it had on architecture and urban design, visual art, and even on history more generally. Published alongside are documents from the Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates Archive at University of Pennsylvania, as well as an illustrated chronology of the resonance in international media following the publication of Learning from Las Vegas in 1972.


With contributions by Stan Allen, David Allin, Eve Blau, Beatriz Colomina, Valéry Didelon, Elizabeth Diller, Peter Fischli, Dan Graham, Neil Levine, Mary McLeod, Rafael Moneo, Stanislaus von Moos, David M. Schwarz, Denise Scott Brown, Katherine Smith, Martino Stierli, Karin Theunissen, and Robert Venturi. Preface by Robert A.M. Stern.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Stan Allen

Eve Blau

 is a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has previously been Curator of Exhibitions and Publications at the Canadian Centre of Architecture CCA in Montreal.

Denise Scott Brown

Beatriz Colomina

Valéry Didelon

Elizabeth Diller

Peter Fischli

 (*1952, Zürich), Künstler. Studium an den Accademie di Belle Arti von Urbino und Bologna. 1979–2012 bildete er zusammen mit David Weiss (1946–2012) das international renommierte Künstlerduo Fischli/Weiss.

Dan Graham

Neil Levine

Mary McLeod

Rafael Moneo

Katherine Smith

Martino Stierli

 ist Philip Johnson Curator of Architecture and Design am Museum of Modern Art in New York und seit 2016 Privatdozent an der Universität Zürich. Er ist Autor u.a. von Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film (2010).

Karin Theunissen

Robert Venturi

Stanislaus von Moos

 war 1983–2005 Professor für moderne Kunst an der Universität Zürich und 2010–2014Gastprofessor an der Yale School of Architecture. Er ist der Autor zahlreicher Monografien, u.a. über Le Corbusier und Robert Venturi.