Sunday, October 28, 2007

Learning from Denise Scott Brown

I'm currently reading "Learning From Las Vegas," which is a study of Las Vegas' architecture by a a group from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in the 70's. It's a fascinating read namely because it examines the Strip and gives it more significance than the glitterly urban sprawl we usually associate it with. The designs in it are what I want to share, though. DSB graphically depicts aspects of the Strip that are genius. She shows the importance of the sign, symbol, and building in relation to speed (walking and driving) and creates maps that would otherwise only be conceivable through real perspective.


Mathias said...

I have heard about this book. Did you buy it? If so, I'd be interested in reading it when your done.

cerparley said...

There are two different editions: the '72 and '77. These pictures are from the '72 edition which I checked out from the university's library and I've got the other one on order. From what I've read the graphics are different between the two because some of the authors were upset how the first one turned out. But from what I gather is that design critics appreciate the '72 version more. And it's worth something like 3.5 grand. I don't know how I was able to check it out.