Re: unusual language [postmodernism]

anthony rue (true@UCET.UFL.EDU)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 08:20:02 -0000

Earlier today, Bob King wrote:
>Interesting to me that strip malls, the Las Vegas strip, and Los Angeles
>tend to be thought of as canonical or primary texts of pomo! Maybe in
>part because _Time_ magazine somehow figured out that postmodernism was a
>new style of architecture!

um, perhaps Vegas gets singled out because of *Learning From Las Vegas*
by Venturi, Scott Brown, and Izenour. It started in 1968 as an essay
called "A Significance for A&P Parking Lots, or Learning from Las Vegas,"
and was expanded into a book in 1972. It was one of the first studies to
advance the concept of postmodernism as both architectural practice and
as critical tool for understanding cultural/critical implications of
urban sprawl.

I use the section from it on sprawl vs. megastructure in my argumentative
and expository writing classes to develop a language for describing
different types of "web experiences." The chapter on "Theory of the Ugly
and Ordinary" also has something to offer...