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Prefabrication in the architecture and construction industry is still more the exception than the norm. There are examples of prefab in hospitality and residential, but this project aims to bring them together in Las Vegas around the critical infrastructure of public transportation. The efficiencies of assembly can create more affordable housing and do it more quickly than traditional building. At the time of this writing (Spring 2021), the housing market in Las Vegas is hitting all-time highs. Average home prices are higher than they were pre-housing crash of 2008, and the available housing stock is so limited that many buyers are paying tens of thousands over asking price and they are doing it with cash. All of this is happening against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospitality industry (travel, meetings, events, restaurant, etc.) was among the hardest hit sectors of the economy, and many workers in this largest area of the Las Vegas economy are low-income employees struggling to keep their job...let alone pay for the ever-increasing costs of housing. John Mata's work positions a massive pre-fab development in close proximity to The Strip in hopes of creating more affordable housing options for employees of the nearby resorts. The mixed-use design tries to balance the needs of residents and the opportunities of developers by integrating sustainable strategies to bring people to and from the areas of commercial offerings on the site, which simultaneously seem to create a sense of community for the future residents of the site and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Las Vegas (Nev.)

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




Las Vegas; Strip; Affordable housing; prefabrication; hospitality employees; tourist corridor; public space; connection; community; neighborhood; mixed-use; commercial; transit-oriented


Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis

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The Tourist Corridor: Transit-Oriented Housing Development