The expansion of the gaming industry has created new forms of urbanization throughout the United States: casinos now draw concentrated flows of capital, goods, and people into the urban periphery throughout the country. In regions with existing Asian populations, these flows of casino patrons and workers have also brought recent Chinese immigrants into these “sub-urban” areas. This lecture will first outline the characteristics of casino urbanization and then focus on the case study of the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut. In conjunction with the SubUrbanisms exhibit, the lecture will argue for an embedded disciplinarity as the basis for a critical architectural project.
Stephen Fan is the founding director of Inter APD, a research/design collaborative working at the intersections of architecture, planning, and design. He is the curator of SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape, and a Fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture and Urban Design Forum.
All lectures will be held at 5:30pm in Design Building Room 170. All lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00pm in surface lots.