We are calling for papers to form a panel titled "Casino Urbanism" for the AAS-in-Asia conference in 2014, Singapore.
The Las Vegas Strip holds a privileged position in urban studies: it is the archetypal city of spectacles as well as the birthplace of architectural postmodernism. Yet, there are arguably many “Las Vegas Strips” in Asia today. Singapore and Macau, for example, represent the new frontiers of the global casino industry, where gross earnings from casinos have surpassed Las Vegas. Other cities in Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, North Korea and Taiwan have also considered or moved ahead with large-scale casino developments in an attempt to tap into this lucrative industry. The urban transformation of these cities and their regions presents new insights into the intersections of capital flow, architectural/planning expertise, institutional regulations and geopolitics, as well as challenging extant paradigms of urbanism constructed from the Las Vegas model.
Under the general rubric of “casino urbanism”, this panel invites papers that provide transnational and comparative perspectives on the concrete manifestations of casino development in various Asian cities. Thus, papers could investigate the conditions that led to the opening up of markets for the casino industry in Asia, and how different actors such as casino developers, financial institutions, regulators, architects, planners and gaming analysts engaged in negotiations that led to a specific form of casino urbanism. Papers could also interrogate the theoretical framework built on the Las Vegas model by examining aspects of casino development in Asia that signal as copies, variants and/or departures. Finally, the panel also invites papers that examine the disjointed and adjacent geographies of competition that extend from individual casino cities to consider the consequences such developments have on lives of those who live in their hinterlands.
Please send your paper abstracts of 300 words or less and a 1-2 page CV to Kah-Wee Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Timothy Simpson (email@example.com) by 23 Oct 2013.
Information about the AAS-in-Asia conference can be found at the conference website: http://www.aas-in-asia.org/index.htm
Any inquiries about the panel can be sent to us using the email addresses above.
National University of Singapore
School of Design and Environment
4 Architecture Drive S(117566)
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