Two seminal image exhibitions exploring the growth of living cities will open at RMIT Design Hub next week.
Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and John Gollings: Learning from Surfers Paradise will be presented at the Swanston Street epicentre of design from Tuesday, 1 April, to Friday, 2 May.
In 1968, American architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour joined together with students from Yale University and took on Las Vegas as the subject of research.
The group spent three weeks in libraries, four days in Los Angeles, and 10 days in Las Vegas.
The research led to the 1972 publication of the seminal architectural theory treatise, Learning from Las Vegas.
With their work, Venturi and Scott Brown decisively influenced the way the modern, commercial city was seen, as well as many other urbanistic research projects that followed in both methodology and questions of representation.
The exhibition Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives presents the images and films that were taken during the legendary 1968 Las Vegas research.
Photography and film were employed equally as a means of argumentation and representation. The original material has since been stored in the archives of Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates in Philadelphia.
Within Project Rooms 1 and 2 at RMIT Design Hub, these archival materials are presented alongside a series of video interviews, objects and ephemera collected from leading Melbourne architects that trace the Venturis' influence on the development of Melbourne's architectural culture and education.
The Melbourne context for the exhibition is further investigated via a catalogue essay by Professor Peter Corrigan and through a commissioned, bespoke exhibition design by Melbourne practitioners Searle x Waldron Architecture.
In addition to Las Vegas Studio, a partner exhibition is presented on Level 3 of the RMIT Design Hub.
John Gollings: Learning From Surfers Paradise (1973-2013) is a project inspired by Learning from Las Vegas.
The exhibition at Project Room 3 is curated by Fleur Watson, with exhibition design by Searle x Waldron Architecture. It was developed by Gold Coast City Gallery with John Gollings, curated by Virginia Rigney.
Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown is at Design Hub's Project Rooms 1 and 2, Level 2.
The exhibition is developed by the Museum im Bellpark Kriens, curated by Hilar Stadler, Martino Stierli.
The opening celebration for the two exhibitions will be held at the Design Hub on Thursday, 3 April, 6pm-8pm.
To mark the exhibitions' close, Professor Martino Stierli, Curator and Author of Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography and Film, will present a lecture on Wednesday, 30 April, 6:30pm-8pm.
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