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
WHAT: “Signs Taken for Wonders: Learning from Las Vegas”
Friday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 153
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
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
the values and tastes of average people.
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
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.
talk on Friday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall,
Room 153, is free and open to the public.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298