Archinect - News 2016-10-26T05:41:54-04:00 Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-05T18:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:33:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Casinos like the Taj Mahal have destroyed Atlantic City&rsquo;s public space. Gambling&rsquo;s arrival replaced the outward-looking hotels, shops, and promenades of the mid-century boardwalk with clusters of dark, labyrinthine resorts, set back from the street and enclosed behind monitored security gates. [...] Atlantic City&rsquo;s model of a plush, self-contained casino abutting a ruined neighborhood has become a synecdoche for the last forty years of American urban development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To dissect the urban effects of Trump's Atlantic City casino, Sam Wetherall traces the city's history as a booming resort town through the early 20th century, and into its current economic crisis:</p><p><em>In 2014 alone, casino closures cost Atlantic City more than ten thousand jobs, a staggering figure for a city with a population under forty thousand. Atlantic City&rsquo;s unemployment rate sits at almost 14 percent, and it suffers from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highest home foreclosure rates</a>&nbsp;in the country.</em></p><p><em>Donald Trump may herald a radical new force in American politics, but his background illuminates trends that have been unfolding in American cities for more than fifty years. As deindustrialization hollowed out cities&rsquo; economies, many have responded by wrapping their public spaces in glittering property developments and legalizing gambling to survive.</em></p><p>Atlantic City provides a potent, and foreboding, example of the kind of urbanity that Trump's business agenda has wrought:</p><p><em>While the media has dissected the failures of...</em></p> Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel Justine Testado 2015-07-16T04:20:00-04:00 >2015-07-16T12:11:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Golden Reel will be the 'centerpiece attraction' of the soon-to-[be]-opened Studio City resort. It will be located between the hotel's two central towers, 427 ft off the ground. The movie-inspired design is said to be based on the idea of two flaming asteroids crashed through the building, leaving two large holes around which the figure-eight shape is made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Your call, Vegas.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="End of weird architecture in China?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">End of weird architecture in China?</a></p><p><a title="UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan</a></p><p><a title="Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon</a></p><p><a title="Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></p><p><a title="Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></p> Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T14:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:03-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Al describes CityCenter as the product of &ldquo;the Bilbao effect: the notion that buildings designed by celebrity architects bring in tourists, and in particular a higher-end type of visitor&rdquo;. MGM&rsquo;s version was to bring in name-brand architects such as Daniel Libeskind, Helmut Jahn and Norman Foster [...]. &ldquo;It goes against the casino design convention,&rdquo; Al says, &ldquo;by having towers that let in natural light and meet the street the way buildings do in other cities&rdquo; &ndash; with retail spaces, not gaming.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Court Approves Demolition of Foster + Partners' Harmon Hotel in Vegas Archinect 2014-05-07T12:10:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; Harmon Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is being razed without ever opening. Owner MGM Resorts International received court approval on April 22 to demolish the unfinished 27-floor, oval-shaped tower following a protracted legal battle with its contractor, Tutor Perini Corp., over building defects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Roger Thomas Redesigned Las Vegas Archinect 2012-03-19T11:29:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T11:29:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="496" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wynn&rsquo;s hotels are famous for having brought a luxurious, five-star approach to Vegas. But their real achievement may be psychological: they have remade the architecture of gaming itself. The received wisdom of modern casino design was codified by a former gambling addict named Bill Friedman in his book &ldquo;Designing Casinos to Dominate the Competition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonah Lehrer pens a piece in this week&rsquo;s issue of the New Yorker, in which he visits Roger Thomas, the head of design at Wynn Resorts, who has revolutionized casino design in Las Vegas.</p>