Pedro Borquez and Taylor Wolak
Through comparative analysis of existing development in this region, this project identifies archetypes of ranging scale and magnitude which will influence evidence-based adaptive reuse design strategies and prototypical responses. With such a vast infrastructure, many opportunities exist to subvert paradigm shifts of thinking in terms of desert living, resource management, and utility distribution.
Emylanie Carnate and Ronald Cano
In this thesis, three design opportunities are presented. The first design iteration looks at the micro scale. Public infrastructure along the length of the strip serves as canvases for public art. By expressing art on posts, utility boxes, guardrails, and bollards, a consistent rhythm of public art along the strip links together the separated attractions and properties. To emphasize this connection, the second design iteration implements intermittent hooks. Here, the meso scale reinforces public art interventions on medium-scale sites, such as street medians. The third design iteration is in the macro scale, which involves artscape anchors at either end of the strip. The south anchor proposes a memorial for the tragic October 1 shooting, while the north anchor proposes a sculpture park as a foothold for future projects in the surrounding context. The combination of these three design iterations at their different scales will provide the strip with a sense of unity and community that engages people with the environment in meaningful ways.
The Strip is a destination location where visitors can experience the uniqueness that each integrated resort has to offer. This thesis argues that the design of all aspects within and around an integrated resort influences guest experience and is a major contributor to creating the uniqueness of each property. The intent for the exploration of this thesis is to prove that the compilation and documentation of the patterns specific to hospitality design is necessary in becoming a design tool to guide designers and hoteliers in the development and management of this specific typology.
Three tasks were performed within the application of this study in order to discern and analyze how the design of integrated resorts can enhance guest experience and aid in the expression of a resort’s identity. The first task includes the analysis of design patterns that currently exist within and around all the integrated resorts on the Strip. The patterns were identified through the process of walking the Strip and on-site observations of public functions within each property.
The second task consists of the documentation and review of the patterns found in task one. This involved distilling overarching patterns through a process of elimination by the comparison of recurring patterns found between multiple resorts as well as patterns referenced in Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language.
The final task presents the articulation of the language within the context of specific properties on the Strip in order to facilitate the conversations between architects and individuals within the hospitality industry.
Silvia Flor Quiroz-Perez
This study begins with an analysis of the proposed site and campus of what is being called the “Corridor of Hope” in Las Vegas. Followed by an analysis of “Haven for Hope” in Texas which is a built campus that is being used as a model for what the “Corridor of Hope” will become.
This base analysis of the proposed campus will be used to compare and contrast with other typologies of shelters that exist.
In order to better understand the homeless population in and around the Las Vegas valley, an initial demographic analysis is done, followed by a geographical and ethnographic study. This study allows for a better understanding of the diverse types of homeless situations and sets a framework for understanding what the needs are of each type of homeless in the Vegas valley.
Shelter typologies and their sites are analyzed to understand whether they fully accommodate the diverse populations within the homeless community and whether they perpetuate social stigma. The program ratios, spatial relations, materiality, color and other urban theories of design will be used to analyze these typologies. This analysis will facilitate a comparison between typologies and of “Haven for Hope”. Once there is a better understanding of the current accommodations and of the different groups in the homeless community, the Las Vegas area can be analyzed and compared to the areas from all the shelters studied. This is an attempt to better understand the demographics of Las Vegas and why existing shelters, health clinics, and government housing are located in speciﬁc areas. This analysis will begin to answer whether these locations are the most beneﬁcial for society and whether the stigma of shelters can be better addressed by, placing them in areas that may have been socially unacceptable, a change of site and/or architectural layout, etc.
From the studies conducted, the typologies that were the most successful will begin to inform what type of program, sites, and size of shelters work best. But also show, what accommodations are needed to better serve the diversity in the homeless population allowing for different typologies of shelters to be formed to improve and de-stigmatize shelters.
Anticipating the potential future changes of airport design and expansion along with city planning for the purpose of bringing the two entities in closer alignment with one another is the main purpose of this book.
By conducting a timeline analysis of five different US cities and their airports, conclusions were drawn from tracking the relationship between the growth patterns of both. This allowed for a discovery of methods to increase connectivity with one another. These conclusions were followed by an overview of the jet industry and its possible future impacts on the way airports are designed, considering future adaptations of airports to new design and technology concepts in aerospace.
The concept of ”integration through fragmentation” is explored in the final two chapters. Architectural fragmentations of airport programs and their integration into urban design/planning were applied to three cities - from the five previously selected- in order to; give readers a closer vision and understanding of how the concept might work. Possible variations of “fragmentation” design decisions were simulated in response to each city’s driving forces.
The application time of the proposed concept considered by this book is the year 2075, the ideas consider a long-range of planning and work with a mixture of hard data and hypothetical scenarios.
This project predicts that by 2075, new building, security and aircraft technologies will enable a fragmenting of airport programs and a reintegration of them with city future master plans to simultaneously address the needs of both cities and airports.