Author: Stefan Al
The MIT Press, 2017

"A tour of the Las Vegas Strip that is erudite, entertaining, and impossible to conduct in person"
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A muscular, often funny book accessible to any lay reader" 
Wall Street Journal (best books to read spring 2017) 


Authors: Robert Cervero, Erick Guerra and Stefan Al
Island Press, 2017

Cities across the globe have been designed with a primary goal of moving people around quickly—and the costs are becoming ever more apparent, including smoggy air basins, sprawling suburbs, and the failure to stem traffic congestion. Shifting the focus from movement to accessing destinations leads to an entirely different framework for planning and designing cities and the infrastructure that serves them. This book illustrate principles and practices of linking sustainable transport programs with place-making. 


Author: Stefan Al
Island Press, 2018

Sea level rise will impact urban areas worldwide. This book gives an overview of best practices for cities’ resilience strategies and flood management infrastructure, arguing for approaches that are nature based and integrated with the public realm.


Editor: Stefan Al
University of Hawaii Press; Hong Kong University Press, 2016

"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

Villages in the City: A Guide to South China's Informal Settlements

Editor: Stefan Al
University of Hawaii Press; Hong Kong University Press, 2014

"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." — Architectural Record

Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook

Editor: Stefan Al
Hong Kong University Press, 2012

“In Factory Towns of South China, editor Stefan Al provides 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.” — Architectural Record

"A welcome addition for the contributors’ brave approach to a visual, interdisciplinary and multifarious narrative genre." — China Journal

Macau and the Casino Complex

Editor: Stefan Al
University of Nevada Press, 2017

In a period of only a decade, Macau has overtaken Las Vegas as the world’s new gambling capital. This book understands the “casino complex” as both a distinct architectural typology, and a dominant industry that reshapes the city to its needs. It highlights the effects of this development in Macau, and raises questions about cultural identity, economic development, architecture and urban life.


2016, “From Las Vegas Strip to Boulevard” at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (with Jerry Van Eyck)

2016, "Mall City" at the USC American Academy in China, Shenzhen Public Art Center

2015, "Chinese Architecture Practice," at the Penn Wharton China Center, Beijing, 2015 (with Ali Rahim)

2015, "Villages in the City" at the USC American Academy in China, Shenzhen

2013, “Factory Towns of South China” at the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen (with Li Xiaofei)

2012, Pearl River Delta Special Ecological Areaat the 2012 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture, Hong Kong

2011, Pearl River Delta Special Ecological Area” at the 2011 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

2007, “Nanocity: A City For the 21st Century” at the College of Environmental Design, Berkeley


Forthcoming 2017, “Bottom-Up Urbanism in China: Urban Villages and City Development” in Handbook of Bottom Up Urbanism, eds. Conrad Kickert and Mahyar Arefi (Palgrave Macmillan).

Forthcoming 2017, “Hong Kong’s Transit-Oriented Podium-Tower Development” in Vertical Urbanism: Designing Compact Cities in China, ed. Zhongjie Lin and Jose Gamez (Routledge)

2016, “The Million Volt Light and Sound Culture,” in A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces: Beyond Simulation and Authenticity, ed. Scott Lucas (Pittsburgh: Entertainment Technology Center Press, Carnegie Mellon)

2016, Efficient Urban Forms in the Pearl River Delta in Energy Accounts: Architectural Representations of Energy, Climate, and the Future, eds. William M Braham et al. (Routledge)

2016, Mall City: Hong Kong’s Dream Worlds of Consumption in Mall City: Hong Kong’s Dream Worlds of Consumption, ed. Stefan Al (University of Hawaii Press)

2015, The Massive Death of China's Urban Villages in Metropolitics, 13 March

2015, Mass-Producing the World’s Factory in Metropolitics, 9 February

2014, Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements in Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements, ed. Stefan Al (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press), 1-8

2012, Notes on the Society of the Spectacle/Brand in Handbook of Architectural Theory, eds. G. Chrysler, S. Cairns, and H. Heynen (Sage Publications), 247-263 (with Shiloh Krupar, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University)

2012, Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook in Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook, ed. Stefan Al (Hong Kong University Press), 1-4

2009, Welcome to Theoretical Las Vegas: Theory as Spectacle in Berkeley Planning Journal (22), 141-146


2017,  All under one roof: how malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable, in The Guardian, March 15

2017,  商场城市:香港 Mall City: Hong Kong in Urban China, 102-109 (translated by Zhengli Huang)

2016, Urban Design Pedagogies in an Increasingly Globalized World in 面向国际学生的城市规划与设计教程Urban Planning and Design Courses Facing International Students, eds. Li Tian and Qing Li (China Architecture and Building Press)

2015, The Evolving Nature of Pleasure in Landscape Plus, 2. Oro Publications

2015, 世界最大的城市拆迁 The World's Largest Urban Demolition in Urban China, 19 (translated by Zhengli Huang)

2014, Casino Architecture Wars in Occasional Paper Series (30). Las Vegas: Center for Gaming Research, University Libraries, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, 1-10 

2014, Factory Towns of South China in Volume 3, 116-119

2013, 华南工厂城 Factory Towns of South China in Urban China (59), 42-47 (translated by Zhengli Huang)

2009, Theme Park by Scott Lukas in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 20, 78-7