Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Signed Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi on front free endpaper. Folio. xvi (ii), 188 (1)pp. Original black cloth with color photograph pasted into gilt frame, with gilt lettering on cover and spine; in original red and black printed glassine dustjacket. The glassine dustjacket with paragraph headers from the book printed to front and back cover in bold red and black lettering, with a summarization of the project goal in smaller print: "Here is a plea for a proper architectural humanity as well as a plan to acommodate the desires and values of ordinary people, who are too often dragged along on on architectural ego trips..." No loss of text.
In 1968 Robert Venturi and Scott Brown, together with Steven Izenour, led a team of students to document and analyze the Las Vegas Strip, perhaps the least likely subject for a serious research project imaginable. The result of this project was the publication "Learning from Las Vegas." The work created a healthy controversy when it appeared in 1972, calling for architects to be more receptive to the tastes and values of "common" people and less presumptuous when erecting "heroic," self-aggrandizing monuments.
This work is divided into three parts: Part I, "A Significance for A&P Parking Lots, or Learning from Las Vegas;" Part II, "Ugly and Ordinary Architecture, or the Decorated Shed;" Part III, Essays in the Ugly and Ordinary: Some Decorated Shed." It is profusely illustrated throughout with numerous plans, architectural drawings an photographic reproductions in color and b/w, often arranged in most unusual designs. Contains two pages of credits at front. Errata slip nissing.
Sporadic chipping along edges of glassine dust-jacket, smaller at corners, slightly larger along bottom of front cover and head and tail of spine. A four inch closed tear in glassine jacket at center of spine and some creasing and age-toning. Binding with light wear along edges, light bumps to corners of front cover. Minor foxing to inside covers, free endpaper and half-title. DJ in overall good, binding and interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #48258