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In Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s 1968 study and revindication of American commercial vernacular architecture, the architects claimed, for that oft-maligned landscape, a new monumentality. The Las Vegas Strip, the gas station, and the billboard … Continue reading
The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of … Continue reading
Overheard in LACMA: conversation between child (~10 yrs old?) and parent Child: Are we almost done? Parent: Yes it looks like we are. Child: There are millions of pictures. Why would people paint so many pictures? It’s a fair question.
“Giving names to objects consists in moving immediate, unreflected, perhaps ignored events on to the plane of reflection and of the objective mind.” – Being and nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre (as quoted in Home: A Short History of an Idea) … Continue reading
Las Vegas: All that money, and they use it unpredictably to do amazing or super-cheesy things (sometimes both at the same time). Amazing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystals_%28Las_Vegas%29 (designed by Daniel Libeskind of Berlin Jewish Museum fame!). Also amazing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aria_Resort_%26_Casino (the largest hotel to … Continue reading