When Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown first released their text Learning From Las Vegas in 1972 the idea of the importance of unity or disunity of vision created within the visual environment by urban patterning and built form had been greatly neglected.
Perhaps, the shock of the everyday assisted in alerting the design professions to the importance of the prosaic nature (common v heroic) of the constructed urban environment even where hyper-reality is the norm.
The text is credited with re-humanising the built environment through its influence in promoting and disseminating the tenets of the emerging Postmodern movement.
Learning from Las Vegas continues to influence in surprising and controversial ways the thinking of designers including landscape designers and multi-media designers through its insightful analysis of the visual environment.
Viewing the original photographs of Denise Scott Brown is a revelation in perception and an eye for beauty in the ordinary.
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