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Learning from Philadelphia

When Rem Koolhaas recently visited Philadelphia to deliver a lecture, he went to see Robert Venturi's famous 1964 Chestnut Hill house, now considered a landmark of twentieth-century architecture. Today, Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, the authors of Learning from Las Vegas, are often criticized, but Koolhaas remains an admirer. “Their interests were really revolutionary. It's baffling to me that they are treated with such skepticism,” said the six-foot-six-inch Dutchman.