'Eyes That Saw' reviewed by Christophe Van Gerrewey in the JSAH
'Eyes that Saw. Architecture After Las Vegas' by Stanislaus Von Moos and Martino Stierli
reviewed by Christophe Van Gerrewey in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians n. 82, volume 3 (Sept 2023)
“Las Vegas is not the subject of our book,” Denise Scott Brown declared in the preface to the 1977 second edition of Learning from Las Vegas, originally published in 1972 and co-written with Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour.1 What that subject might be is something that critics, historians, and architects have been trying to figure out for the last half-century. Why should architects and students focus on popular and commercial developments in a place such as Las Vegas? Is it a problem if they suspend critical, aesthetic, or moral judgment? And how can such a study nourish contemporary architecture—with what effect—and for whom? These are also questions whose meaning and relevance for architecture have changed over time.Eyes That Saw: Architecture after Las Vegas is one of several recent books that examine the significance and the legacy of Learning from Las Vegas"