March 20, 2017

Book Launch: The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut Street

Join Penn IUR for the launch of Faculty Fellow Stefan Al’s most recent book, The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream. In The Strip, Stefan Al, Professor of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, examines the many transformations of the Las Vegas Strip, arguing that they mirror America itself. The Strip is not, as popularly supposed, a display of architectural freaks but representative of architectural trends and a record of social, cultural, and economic change. Al tells two, parallel, stories. He describes the feverish competition of Las Vegas developers to build the snazziest, most tourist-grabbing casinos and resorts--with a cast of characters including the mobster Bugsy Siegel, the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and the would-be political kingmaker Sheldon Adelson. And he views the Strip in a larger social context, showing that it not only reflected trends but also magnified them and sometimes even initiated them. Generously illustrated with stunning color images throughout, The Strip traces the many metamorphoses of a city that offers a vivid projection of the American dream.

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