Learning from Las Vegas was the February selection of APA's Planners Book Club. Learn more.
"Learning from the existing landscape is a way of being revolutionary for an architect." So begins Learning from Las Vegas, the book that raised more than a few eyebrows in 1972 by suggesting that architects ought to be more concerned with the tastes of the "common" people and less concerned with erecting self-aggrandizing monuments. That idea has become more accepted in the intervening decades, and the book has become a standard text for architecture and planning courses.
The revised edition includes parts one and two of the original, on Las Vegas and on "Ugly and Ordinary Architecture, or the Decorated Shed."