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University Of Virginia Authority On Culture And Architecture Will Give A Public Talk At School Of Architecture Nov. 14

November 3, 2003 --

WHO: Dell Upton, U.Va. professor of archaeology and architectural history

WHAT: “Signs Taken for Wonders: Learning from Las Vegas”

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 153

Dell Upton brings new perspectives to architecture. Both an archaeologist and architectural historian, Upton’s work focuses on the intellectual history of building and architecture — the ways people physically engage the world and how that shapes who they are.

In a public talk, “Signs Taken from Wonders: Learning from Las Vegas,” Upton will re-examine and critique the theories proposed in the 1972 classic “Learning from Las Vegas” by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour and Denise Scott Brown. At the time of its release, the book created controversy by advocating that architects turn away from creating self-aggrandizing monumental architecture and instead create buildings that reflect the values and tastes of average people.

Upton is an acclaimed author whose books have won the Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Award and the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Award, among others. His five books and numerous articles range from a study of Colonial Virginia churches to critiques of new urbanism. His most recent book is “Architecture in the United States,” a volume in the Oxford History of Art series.

Upton’s talk on Friday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153, is free and open to the public.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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