Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Robert Venturi, Denise Scott-Brown, Post-Modernism and Learning from Las Vegas

Post-modernist architect Robert Venturi died.

-- "Robert Venturi: the bad-taste architect who took a sledgehammer to modernism," Guardian
-- "Robert Venturi, postmodern architect who argued ‘Less is a bore,’ dies at 93," Washington Post

With colleague and wife Denise Scott-Brown they ushered in a post-modern approach to architecture which didn't necessarily require demolition of all that had come before.

They are particularly well-known for their book, Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form, which analyzed the architecture of Las Vegas as an illustration of building design that contravened traditional approaches based around a building's normal form and organization and ornamentated but traditional building forms.

-- "Lessons from Las Vegas," 99% Invisible

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