Why Do People Hate Modern Architecture?

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Why do people hate modern architecture? This debate has been going on since the 1950s. Let’s explore some of these reasons through Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour’s 1972 book “Learning from Las Vegas.”

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Sources and Further Reading:

Ghirardo, Diane. Architecture after Modernism. London: Thames and Hudson, 2003.
Gura, Judith, and Charles Jencks. Postmodern Design Complete. London: Thames & Hudson, 2017.
Jencks, Charles. The Story of Post-modernism: Five Decades of the Ironic, Iconic and Critical in Architecture. Chichester: Wiley, 2011.
Jordana, Sebastian. “Interview: Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown, by Andrea Tamas.” ArchDaily. April 25, 2011. Accessed December 30, 2018. https://www.archdaily.com/130389/interview-robert-venturi-denise-scott-brown-by-andrea-tamas/.
Korody, Nicholas. “Learning from ‘Learning from Las Vegas’ with Denise Scott Brown, Part 2: Pedagogy.” Archinect. October 15, 2016. Accessed December 30, 2018. https://archinect.com/features/article/149971833/learning-from-learning-from-las-vegas-with-denise-scott-brown-part-2-pedagogy.
Ouroussoff, Nicolai. The New York Times. December 22, 2009. Accessed December 29, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/arts/design/23yale.html.
Trufelman, Avery. “Lessons from Las Vegas.” 99% Invisible. April 09, 2018. Accessed December 29, 2018. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/lessons-from-las-vegas/.
Venturi, Robert, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1972.
What We Learned: The Yale Las Vegas Studio and the Work of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. PDF. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale School of Architecture Gallery, October 29, 2009. http://art.yale.edu/file_columns/0000/9753/venturiscottbrown.pdf

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