"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)
“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
Sea level rise will impact urban areas worldwide. This book gives an overview of best practices for cities’ resilience strategies and flood management infrastructure. Going against standard engineering solutions, it argues for approaches that are nature based, integrated with the public realm, and sensitive to local conditions and the community. arguing for approaches that are nature based and integrated with the public realm. It shows these on both a regional level as well as a local level,
"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
2017, "NYC ♡ SZ Urban Villages" at the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen
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 Area” at 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)
2017, Connecting Water Resources across Political Borders: A Pearl River Delta Special Ecological Area in The Plan Journal, volume 2 (with Jason Carlow and Ivan Valin)
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)
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, After a mass shooting, Las Vegas can find resilience in its troubled past in Quartz, October 27
2017, The Mall isn’t Dead - It’s just changing in The Conversation, May 14
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