The Neon Museum’s Duck Duck Shed shows we can still learn from Las Vegas

Las Vegas was an unlikely model for architecture when the provocatively titled Learning from Las Vegas was published in 1972. In the book, authors Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour looked to the city to make their case for a reinvigoration of symbolism in architecture, this to address the new “automobile landscape of great distances and high speed, where the subtleties of pure architectural space can no longer be savored.” Their deft and influential argument came by way of a rigorous analysis of the basic features of the Strip, like parking lots and casino signs.

Half a century later, a new effort

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