"A bracing portrait of Las Vegas’s architectural arms race"
—The Wall Street Journal (best books to read spring 2017)
"A well-researched, well-organized, and important text... valuable to anyone who wants to understand or manage urban areas in the twenty-first century."
—Journal of Planning Education and Research
"A tour of the Las Vegas Strip that is erudite, entertaining, and impossible to conduct in person."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Including color illustrations and a few graphics to illustrate critical points, this fantastic book should be required reading."
“How do we plan our cities for people instead of cars?... This veritable tour de force will be an inspiration and resource for anyone who cares about the future of cities.”
— Jan Gehl, Professor of Urban Design at the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
"...may become the most influential book of this generation on land use and transportation, providing an elegant conceptual framework, excellent case studies, and cutting-edge thinking.”
—Reid Ewing, Chair and Professor of the City & Metropolitan Planning Program at the University of Utah
"…a frank typological exploration that synthesizes civil engineering, landscape, and urban design considerations into an accessible reference that highlights the adaptive and maladaptive tendencies of design."
— Jesse M. Keenan, Faculty of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design)
"…an inspiring and extensive toolbox of strategies that cities can embrace to adapt to sea level rise. Al looks across the world optimistically: yes we can do it! And we must, since there is no time to waste. Adaptation is different in every place, and this book shows us how to maximize opportunities..."
— Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Sherpa to the UN and World Bank High Level Panel on Water, and Principal for Rebuild by Design
"Hong Kong has already proven a model for urban development in China and might prove a model for elsewhere... Mall City is a book of considerably more general interest than its apparently academic origins and purpose would indicate."
—Asian Review of Books
Chock-full of information and imagery... a great book for those who want to get lost in the shopping meccas of a fascinating world city, without actually getting lost." .
—Sky High City: The Skyscrapercity Magazine
""Recent years have seen a growing interest in creative and informal urbanisms of a wide variety.... One of the best is Villages in the City edited by Stefan Al... a fabulous piece of architecture and design graphica... The book succeeds by investigating and advocating for the informal without fetishizing it."
"A relevant and valuable contribution to understanding the special problems posed by urban villages in the Pearl River Delta"
—Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
“An in-depth guide to the changed and changing landscape of the PRD, adding all-important detail to what many experience only through media sound bites.”
"A welcome addition for the contributors’ brave approach to a visual, interdisciplinary and multifarious narrative genre."
—The China Journal
"This imaginative guide examines the nuts and bolts behind an astonishing economic story" —Time Out Hong Kong
"Macau has transformed in twenty years from a charming Portuguese enclave to the largest gambling enclave in the world. This anthology is an interdisciplinary introduction to this transformation and a beautifully illustrated guidebook to its recent architecture.”
—Brian McGrath, professor of urban design, Parsons School of Design, The New School
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