John and Leah and I met to go through our material thus far. we had sort of a strategizing discussion, looking at how we are constructing our arguments and how site and program are beginning to fold in. notes for me:
-- argument to better highlight: Las Vegas is the type of city that conceals process--the becoming of the image. everything just is in front of you without evidence of being made, learned, developed...and this means there has been little to no attention to the development or process of the rest of the city. an urban center however might capture that.
-- be prepared to shut down other discussions that could derail my intended conversation, i.e. have a brilliant 3-sentence response ready to put an end to potential sideline objections. I am interested in examining contemporary physical vs non-physical interaction in relationship to designing for the physical (urban) realm. while I am rejecting propaganda that conflates physical and virtual socialization, my interests are not in that conflict but to set up the discussion of physical space in the city.
-- in terms of potential overlap/appropriated/threshold program, I should further examine existing constituents in the city. where does overlap or deformation occur? kitchens serving multiple programs, for example. develop close program analysis through more specific versions of the diagrams I'm working with.
-- document draft to be submitted next wednesday 17 dec.
and p.s. news from LV today:
posted on 12/10/2008
[john's been telling me to look at this since september]
"We created a building consisting of two parts: one, a monolithic roof that creates a large public forecourt transforming two existing trees into architectural elements; two, a screen-like wall system built out of engineered bamboo that modulates light into the chapel."
“It’s really more of a pavilion than a building,” Stan Allen says. “There’s no HVAC system, there’s no glass. It’s not separated from the environment, and the wind blows right through. It was an opportunity to make a very elemental piece of architecture—it’s just about the space, the structure, and the light.”
[from nytimes today]
"'Perception is reality in our world because people bet what they think is going to happen,' said Jay Rood, who is the race and sports book director for MGM Mirage, which operates the Bellagio’s and nine other casinos’ sports books here."
And that reality is created "in a room with no clocks and no windows."
Time to make different realities!
[collage of Bangkok airport protesters in LV casino]
[ a group of thesis prepsters got together to present and discuss our work thus far. presentations were 10 minutes each, in groups of 2-3, with 30-40 minutes of discussion afterward. it was became an effective forum for feedback, general idea-sharing, and inspiration to get motivated for the final "thesis prep" stretch. we hope to do it again in the beginning of next semester. ]
questions about intent: designing a new casino typology--the big box--or something else? a: something else. rather I would explore a combination of social + specific programs that utilize the casino typology to create new civic space. re-making the casino specifically is not my goal, nor likely a feasible goal given the success of current economic operations in these spaces. but thinking of the casino as a city is productive, and specificities about its nature could be productive for creating urban space. looking at cycles...
similarly, in response to questions about the nature of tourism and singular interactions, I emphasize that the interactions I want to foreground are those potentially within the residential/permanent community, and secondarily those including tourists.
DEFINE public vs civic (social) spaces. understand private vs public roles. and make clear my own interests, especially because the image of LV has been so pervasive, so studied, and everyone comes in with their own notions (precisely what I would like to challenge).
escapism remains an important part of my research and strategy, and that should be more strongly incorporated into my proposal.
strengthen diagrams, site and program speculation...