Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form
And some of my disappointment may come from familiarity with many of the authors' basic arguments--they're not new to me, which isn't really this book's fault (then again, I did not ha ...more
I loved the inclusion of the Eliot's "East Coker" into Las Vegas'architectural design.(a poem about the cycle of life from birth to return-‘In my beginning is my end.’ - a poem touched by insights of the Ecclesiastes)
“perhaps a fitting requiem for the irrelevant works of Art that are today’s descendants ...more
Un ensayo muy interesante que nos hace reflexionar sobre ...more
which brings me to the great part about this book: there are a lot of pictures and a large assortment of type. there are blueprints, photographs, diagrams, drawings, diagrams imposed on drawings, post-cards on top of st ...more
En cuanto a la edición, me alegra haber esperado a que saliese esta. La de GG Reprints se veía demasiado pequeña para un libro que es mitad texto, mitad imágenes. Esta nueva edición revisada está mucho mejor, es bastante grande y parece que incluso tiene más fotos en color que la anterior; además, la encuadernación va cosida y el diseño...more
By limiting itself to strident articulations of the pure architectural elements of space, structure, and program, Modern architecture's expression has become a dry expressionism, empty and boring - and in the end irresponsible. Ironically, the Modern architecture of today, while rejecting explicit symbolism and frivolous appliqué ornament, has distorted the whole building into one big ornament. In substituting "articulation" for decoratio ...more
Venturi and Scott Brown give voice to the underlying (commercial) forces that defy architectural/urban uniformity but very much infiltrate the landscape, tangibly, pervasively, a way of reevaluating the eme ...more
Overall the idea is interesting, looking at Vegas as a metaphor for post WWII design and planning. The book has some great illustrations of signage and massing of buildings, which translate well. Overall it was a good afternoon read.
Provocative stuff, and intensely relevant to graphic design, but I still couldn't give you a comprehensible definition of a "duck".