Eyes That Saw

Eyes That Saw

Architecture after Las Vegas

An intellectual panorama about the significance and lasting effect of Learning from Las Vegas in architecture and urban design as well as in visual arts




Edited by Stanislaus von Moos and Martino Stierli

1st edition

, 2020

Text in English


504 pages, 197 color and 110 b/w illustrations

14 x 21 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-820-1


At the peak of the 1968/69 students’ riots at American Universities, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, together with Steven Izenour, pursued their Design and Research Studio on the topic of Las Vegas at Yale School of Architecture. The results of this were condensed into the book Learning from Las Vegas that became a classic almost instantly upon its first publication in 1972. The treatise excited the 1970s architecture world and has remained influential to architects, teachers and theoreticians to the present day.

Some forty years later, Eyes that Saw: Architecture after Las Vegas offers a richly illustrated collection of essays by renowned scholars of art and architectural history, eminent architects, and artists, investigating Learning from Las Vegas and its heritage from various perspectives. All build on the knowledge of the radical influence it had on architecture and urban design, visual art, and even on history more generally. Published alongside are documents from the Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates Archive at University of Pennsylvania, as well as an illustrated chronology of the resonance in international media following the publication of Learning from Las Vegas in 1972.


With contributions by Stan Allen, David Allin, Eve Blau, Beatriz Colomina, Valéry Didelon, Elizabeth Diller, Peter Fischli, Dan Graham, Neil Levine, Mary McLeod, Rafael Moneo, Stanislaus von Moos, David M. Schwarz, Denise Scott Brown, Katherine Smith, Martino Stierli, Karin Theunissen, and Robert Venturi. Preface by Robert A.M. Stern.


Stanislaus von Moos is professor emeritus of art history at University of
Zürich. He has also been visiting professor of art history at Princeton and Yale
Universities and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.


Martino Stierli is the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.


Still available: Las Vegas Studio. Images from the Archive of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown


Toujours disponible: Las Vegas Studio. Images de l'archive de Robert Venturi et Denise Scott Brown

Autoren & Herausgeber

«Am wichtigsten bleibt das Original von 1972, denn dies ist das Werk, die Aussage, der Kult in seiner Vollkommenheit. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger. Eyes That Saw unterstreicht genau dies. Es steht mindestens in einer Reihe mit Marshall Macluhans Publikationen oder S, M, L, XL.» Jonis Hartmann, Textem


«Anekdoten und Analyse wechseln sich ab, so wie man es auch aus Büchern und Vorträgen von Denise Scott-Brown oder Robert Venturi kennt. Neben wichtigen Querverbindungen zur Kunst, insbesondere zur Pop Art, macht "Eyes That Saw" nachvollziehbar, was die Erkenntnisse aus Vegas, das Bedürfnis nach Symbolen, Schildern, letztlich der verschmähten Dekoration für die Gestaltung des urbanen Raums bedeutet.» Katharina Cichosch, Monopol

«LLV is a lasting book whose influence is firmly entrenched in architecture, but the book is open to much more than the usual readings (esp. the Duck vs. the Decorated Shed) to people willing to examine it in detail. Eyes That Saw offers many such provocations.» A Daily Dose of Architecture