The book Learning from Las Vegas was famously credited with promoting a shift in architectural thinking away from a contrived formalism and towards a more vibrant, vernacular tradition. It set out to deride one movement (the International Style) for its uncritical ubiquity, while promoting an alternative universal paradigm, postmodernism, which relies on the adoption of local references within a spatio-semiotic system. While the central message of Learning from Las Vegas has been repeatedly revisited, the present paper offers an alternative, discursive exploration of the work that revolves around one of its critical omissions, the interior, and the question of transposability. This paper undertakes two, interconnected, tasks. First, it traces moments in Learning from Las Vegas where the interior is either acknowledged or is structural in the central thesis. Second, using archival records and published materials, it reconstructs the key interior spaces that the authors of Learning from Las Vegas inhabited while undertaking their research in 1968. Through this combined process the paper asks whether the interior of Las Vegas was simply forgotten or whether it was deliberately ignored and if so why?
2010 IDEA Symposium. Interior Spaces in Other Places: 2010 IDEA Symposium (Brisbane, Qld 3-5 February, 2010)