Your Guide to Downtown Denise Scott Brown

Your Guide to Downtown Denise Scott Brown

Hintergrund 56

Acknowledged fully in her own right for the first time: Denise Scott Brown, a key contributor to international architectural discourse over five decades



Title Information

Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum. Edited and with contributions by Angelika Fitz, Katharina Ritter, Architekturzentrum Wien

1st edition

, 2018


176 pages, 237 color and 27 b/w illustrations

16.5 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-127-2


Denise Scott Brown has shaped the course of contemporary architecture since the 1960s, while her life charted a rebellious course across three continents—from a childhood in 1930s South Africa to her education in 1950s England to teaching and practice in the United States. Scott Brown is both renowned and misunderstood for her designs and theories, many developed in collaboration with her companion in life and work, Robert Venturi. From her 1972 research studio on Las Vegas emerged the legendary book Learning from Las Vegas, whose visuals and social impact remain as important today as they were at the time of publication.

As a younger generation of architects and urban designers engages with the complexity she defined, Scott Brown continues to raise her voice as a fierce critic of a modernism ignorant of context, history, and joint creativity. The time has come to rediscover her undogmatic formal language, careful urban interventions, and adventures in mannerism. This groundbreaking new book features previously unpublished material and offers a fresh view of Scott Brown’s achievements as a preeminent architectural designer, urbanist, theoretician, and teacher. A fantastic guide to her life and ideas, it also reveals her humanism, complexity, and wit.

The book is published in conjunction with an exhibition at Architekturzentrum Wien in autumn 2018.


Authors & Editors

Angelika Fitz

 has been appointed director of Architekturzentrum Wien Az W in 2017. As cultural theorist and curator she develops projects at the interface of architecture, art and urbanism. In 2003 and 2005, she was commissioner for Austria’s contributions to the architecture biennial in Saõ Paulo.

Katharina Ritter

 has been programme co-ordinator at Architekturzentrum Wien Az W since 2006. In 2002 and 2004 she was project manager for the Austrian pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum

 is a writer, visual artist, and graphic designer and has been working for both Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates and its successor, VSBA Architects & Planners for nearly two decades.