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Millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, now number over 75 million, eclipsing the current size of the baby boomer generation. Their generational values and cultural endeavors are going to define the built environment throughout the century as the preferences of older generations steadily move out of focus. Las Vegas' resort properties have been built up since their inception on the allure of gambling, but the city as a whole is now seeing a diversifying shift of entertainment and cultural options to respond to new generational preferences. The purpose of this research is to illustrate how Las Vegas resorts can thoughtfully shift focus away from gambling as they meet the entertainment demands of younger generations. Historically, Las Vegas resorts are demolished, resulting in a clean slate for developers. This book will begin by researching the evolution of the hotel industry over the last century and connecting that evolution with the generational preferences of the majority demographic population. The book will then explore case studies on resort refurbishment and updating, flexible architectural spaces, and architectural typologies within the field of hospitality. Through this exploration there will be a understanding of how these three topics create a unifying design philosophy within the context of social generations. This design philosophy will then be applied to select Las Vegas resorts to produce a design solution for existing resort properties to predict the future generalizations of resorts as demographic preferences force them to keep up to date. Using the data from the selected Las Vegas resorts, the book will shift focus to exploring most deeply the one option that showed the most promise in design experimentation; in this case that is the modular partition system. This system will then be analyzed, tested, and implemented in a resort environment to the greatest extent possible focusing attention on cost analysis, time frames, and experiential quality before finally culminating in a design showcase of the flexibility of the system.

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Las Vegas (Nev.)

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




Las Vegas; Resort; Flexibility; Generation; Wall System; Programming


Interior Architecture

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Flexible Architecture: Immersive, Interactive, and Responsive Resort Spaces