Item description for Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas by Nicole Huber...
"Las Vegas is a city that displaces itself over and over again. It's always about someplace else," says Ralph Stern, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and coauthor, with Nicole Huber, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, of Urbanizing the Mojave Desert. Beyond the familiar Vegas mirage of flashing facades and neon glare, a rarely seen proliferation of massive parking structures, trailer parks and staging areas serving the central spectacle spirals outward into the desert. Trawling Sin City's glamourless peripheries, Stern and Huber's images document Vegas' infrastructure (vehicular, water and waste management) and the outer suburbs and fringe areas beyond, excavating the city's "everyday life." A good example of the contradictions exposed in their research can be found in an image of the top of the Luxor hotel, with a big warehouse, a shopping cart, a tent and an old couch in the foreground. It conveys, according to Stern, "the spectacular, the functional and transitory" all at once. Urbanizing the Mojave Desert concludes with an exploration of the abstract geometric forms that characterize much of the city's development and that serve to relate it, finally, to the degree of abstraction found throughout the Nevada desert. "There is a real price that is being paid in terms of places and spaces being created and places and spaces being destroyed," Stern laments. "There doesn't seem to be anybody taking stock of anything."
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Release Date Mar 1, 2008
ISBN 393963350X ISBN13 9783939633501