Saturday, January 21, 2012

Postcards from the edge

Browsing through the Graham Foundations' press section yet again, I found this really nice set of photos from Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
of course it is the studio which led 
to the book Learning from Las Vegas, 
which we all know
  I had not seen the entire set of photos, so I decided to study them a bit more.
 (of course this famous image is not from Vegas but from New Jersey) somehow I always understood this book to be talking about a contemporary moment in architecture, instead of Las Vegas in the 60's

Thats because I always confuse car dashboards with computer screens
surfing through a landscape of logos
 surrounded by lit surfaces and animated information
 finding corners of peculiarity hidden behind software facades

 google-earthing places I have been to only to notice patterns anew

where reality becomes as abstract as desktop background

 confusing real people for avatars and vice versa
 chatting behing facades of un-updated websites, 
 looking back at the landscape of the screen 
from the desert of the real


Paolo Boscolo said...

Great images! Thanks. PBC architecture.

Chrisy said...

That Big Duck is a LANDMARK in Flanders, Long Island NY, near Riverhead on the way to (or from) the Hamptons.