The Strip

Author: Stefan Al
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026203574X
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The transformations of the Strip -- from the fake Wild West to neon signs twenty stories high to "starchitecture" -- and how they mirror America itself.

Macau And The Casino Complex

Author: Stefan Al
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 0874177081
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Special Award of the Jury Winner — 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards In only a decade, Macau has exploded from a sleepy backwater to the world’s casino capital. It was bound to happen. Macau, a former Portuguese colony that became a special administrative region within the People’s Republic of China in 1999, was the only place in China where gambling was legal. With a consumer base of 1.3 billion mainland Chinese deprived of casino gambling, and the world’s largest growing consumer class, international corporations rushed in to enter the games. As a result, the casino influx has permanently transformed the Macau peninsula: its ocean reclaimed, hillside excavated, roads congested, air polluted, and glimmering hotel towers tossed into the skyline, dwarfing the 19th century church towers. Essays by a number of experts give a deeper insight on topics ranging from the myth of the Chinese gambler, the role of feng shui in casino design, the city’s struggle with heritage conservation, the politics of land reclamation, and the effect of the casino industry on the public realm. Drawings and photographs in vivid color visualize Macau’s patchwork of distinct urban enclaves: from downtown casinos, their neon-blasting storefronts eclipsing adjacent homes and schools, to the palatial complexes along a new highway, a Las Vegas-style strip. They also reveal how developers go to great lengths to impress the gambler with gimmicks such as fluorescent lighting, botanic gardens, feng shui dragon statues, cast members’ costumes, Chinese art imitations, and crystal chandelier-decked elevators. It is a book that helps readers grasp the complex process of the development of the casino industry and its overall impact on the social and architectural fabric of the first and last colonial enclave in China.

The Challenge Of Progress

Author: Harry F. Dahms
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787145719
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Globalization has accelerated the process of social, political, cultural, and especially economic transformations since the 1990s. Examining the choices of modern society, Dahms and contributors ask: what are the social costs of “progress”?

Becoming America S Playground

Author: Larry D. Gragg
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806165855
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In 1950 Las Vegas saw a million tourists. In 1960 it attracted ten million. The city entered the fifties as a regional destination where prosperous postwar Americans could enjoy vices largely forbidden elsewhere, and it emerged in the sixties as a national hotspot, the glitzy resort city that lights up the American West today. Becoming America’s Playground chronicles the vice and the toil that gave Las Vegas its worldwide reputation in those transformative years. Las Vegas’s rise was no happy accident. After World War II, vacationing Americans traveled the country in record numbers, making tourism a top industry in such states as California and Florida. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce saw its chance and developed a plan to capitalize on the town’s burgeoning reputation for leisure. Las Vegas pinned its hopes for the future on Americans’ need for escape. Transforming a vice city financed largely by the mob into a family vacation spot was not easy. Hotel and casino publicists closely monitored media representations of the city and took every opportunity to stage images of good, clean fun for the public—posing even the atomic bomb tests conducted just miles away as an attraction. The racism and sexism common in the rest of the nation in the era prevailed in Las Vegas too. The wild success of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack performances at the Sands Hotel in 1960 demonstrated the city’s slow progress toward equality. Women couldn’t work as dealers in Las Vegas until the 1970s, yet they found more opportunities for well-paying jobs there than many American women could find elsewhere. Gragg shows how a place like the Las Vegas Strip—with its glitz and vast wealth and its wildly public consumption of vice—rose to prominence in the 1950s, a decade of Cold War anxiety and civil rights conflict. Becoming America’s Playground brings this pivotal decade in Las Vegas into sharp focus for the first time.

Buildings And Landmarks Of 20th And 21st Century America American Society Revealed

Author: Elizabeth B. Greene
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 144083993X
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This engaging book uses buildings and structures as a lens through which to explore various strands of U.S. social history, revealing the connections between architecture and the cultural, economic, and political events before and during these American landmarks' construction. • Provides readers with an understanding of the various political and cultural factors and historical happenings that played important roles in the construction of major buildings in the 20th and 21st centuries in the United States • Covers buildings and landmarks as diverse as the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Watergate Complex, the World Trade Center, and Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater • Examines the rise of entertainment in the United States and how powerful of an influence it became on American society • Presents historical information in an engaging, informative manner that encourages interactive learning and critical thinking

The Fifties In America

Author: John C. Super
Publisher: Decades (Salem Press)
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Surveys the events and people of the United States and Canada from 1950 through 1959.

Venturi Scott Brown Associates

Author: Stanislaus von Moos
ISBN: 9781580930017
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Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown are among the world's leading contemporary architects. Their writings, including the seminal books Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966; Venturi) and Learning from Las Vegas (1972; Venturi, Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour), have profoundly influenced architectural thought. The built work of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates of Philadelphia has had an equally great impact. Through a commitment to a creative understanding of history and the everyday environment and to the use of visual references in the design of buildings, this firm has changed the face of modern architecture. Guild House (1963), the Vanna Venturi House (1963), and Franklin Court (1976), all in Philadelphia, are key examples of a new outlook on the art of building. This landmark monograph -- assembled in collaboration with the architects -- illustrates the firm's work between 1986 and 1998. In his main text, Stanislaus von Moos analyzes the architects' understanding of tradition in relation to the social and urban complexities of our post-industrial, multicultural era. Featured are acclaimed buildings such as the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London; the Seattle Museum of Art; buildings for such universities and colleges as Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, UCLA, and Dartmouth; and new works, including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the hotel and recreation center in Nikko Kirifuri, Japan, and the administration building for the Département de la Haute-Garonne in Toulouse, France. From the Hardcover edition.


Author: M. Louis Goodman
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Antoine Predock

Author: Geoffrey Howard Baker
Publisher: John Wiley & Son Ltd
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Architectural Monographs No 49 Antoine Predock While Frank Lloyd Wrights organic architecture opened buildings to the landscape a century ago. Predocks shamanistic architecture opens them to the myth and mysticism of land and culture. Joseph Giovannini, Architecture, December 1993. This new monograph on the work of Antoine Predock reveals the width of vision of this internationally celebrated architect based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Having first gained his reputation in the American West and Southwest with works which connected with their unique spiritual and historical contexts, he has in the last few years proven his singular and perceptive approach worldwide. Projects featured here include the Nelson Fine Arts Center, Arizona; the Palm Bay Complex, Morocco; and the Rosenthal House, Los Angeles; as well as the more recent National Archives of Denmark and Arizona Science Center. Predock is known for emotive architecture inspired by its site and immediate cultural influences. Its impact is effectively communicated in this book through extensive illustrations which include large-format colour photographs and detailed line drawings. The conceptual ideas and practical considerations behind each building are discussed in project descriptions which are complemented by critical appraisals from the architectural press. The broader philosophical context of Predocks architecture is addressed in Geoffrey Bakers introductory essay, where it is considered in terms of Heideggers views. Baker also traces the themes behind the buildings and discusses the design process developed by the architect. He places the work within a tradition of building characterised by architects such as Alvar Aalto, Louis I Kahn, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Frank Lloyd Wright and, more recently, Glenn Murcutt. In an in-depth interview with Predock, Baker takes many of these ideas and theories directly to the architect. For Baker, Predocks work maintains elemental simplicity and directness with a complex layering of messages rather than parts.

Las Vegas Studio

Author: Hilar Stadler
Publisher: Verlag Scheidegger and Spiess
Size: 34.12 MB
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Since it was first published in 1972, Learning from Las Vegas has become a classic in the theory of architecture, and one of the most influential architectural texts of the twentieth century. The treatise by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour enjoys a reputation as a signal work of postmodernism in architecture and urban planning. However, despite of the book’s prestige, none of the editions have ever featured high-quality color images of the field research Venturi, Brown, and Izenour conducted in Las Vegas and used to illustrate their argument. Las Vegas Studio presents for the first time these significant photographs in large color reproductions. The numerous pictures and films the architects shot during their research in 1968 are a crucial aspect of their architectural study, which relies heavily on these images as the foundation of their ideas. The original slides of these pictures are held by Philadelphia architecture firm Venturi, Scott Brown, & Associates, which has only now opened its archive. Las Vegas Studio assembles a large selection of these iconic images and film stills, alongside essays that explore how the pictures contemplate the phenomenon of the modern city—forge the link to architectural practice of the decades since. Essays, including a discussion with celebrated Swiss artist Peter Fischli and highly renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas on the strong and lasting influence Venturi and Scott Brown's images still have on contemporary art and movies, complement the pictures. A unique opportunity to experience the full intent and import of the Learning from Las Vegas project, Las Vegas Studio will be welcomed by architects, architectural historians, and scholars.