Layered Scamming: Exposing How the Desires Reflect in the Architecture Design

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Charrabe, Alejandra
facade; brothel; church; Baroque; prostitution; symbolism; attraction; red light district; Architecture
thesis / dissertation description
Based on the essay “Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Forms” by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour the terms “decorated shed” and “duck” take on a different meaning when speaking of architecture. These terms specifically described a relationship between the program and the façade of a building. By taking such terms an applying them to an analysis of brothel facades, an interesting relationship can be created between the marketing strategy desired for such brothel and the way in which the façade represents such strategy. I will be analyzing the relationship between public/private, commercial/cultural, container/content through the façades of different brothels around the world.