THE STRIP: LAS VEGAS AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

Author: Stefan Al
The MIT Press, 2017

In The Strip, Stefan Al examines the many transformations of the Las Vegas Strip, arguing that they mirror America itself. The Strip is not, as popularly supposed, a display of architectural freaks but representative of architectural trends and a record of social, cultural, and economic change. 

BEYOND MOBILITY: PLANNING CITIES FOR PEOPLE AND PLACES  

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

Traditionally, transport planning has sought to enhance mobility. 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. 

MALL CITY: HONG KONG'S DREAMWORLDS OF CONSUMPTION

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

Hong Kong is the 21st century paradigmatic capital of consumerism. Of all places, it has the densest and tallest concentration of malls, reaching tens of stories. Hong Kong’s malls are also the most visited, sandwiched between subways and skyscrapers. These mall complexes have even become cities in and of themselves, accommodating tens of thousands of people who live, work and play within a single structure.

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

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.

EXHIBITIONS

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

PEER-Reviewed JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

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

INVITED PUBLICATIONS

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