Denise Scott Brown

Having recently re-read the secondary literature on the Sainsbury Wing, my own included, and seen the extent to which Robert Venturi is credited with it and not the firm of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown jointly, I was pleased to read the attached long and thoughtful discussion as to how their collaboration worked from when they first met in Philadelphia in 1960, to her invitation to him to come and visit her in Los Angeles which is when they first travelled out to see Las Vegas to her pioneering work on the preservation of South Street, Philadelphia in 1968 and their joint work on Learning from Las Vegas. It documents the atrocious way she was treated on the publication of Learning from Las Vegas, most of all by Colin Rowe. It’s a bit shocking to read it.

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