One of the most transformative urban landscape projects in the U.S. today is taking place within an unexpected context. The infamous Las Vegas Strip, once known only as a highway, is now becoming the main spine of a real and functioning urban fabric.
In 2012 a Master Plan exercise was initiated by MGM Resorts International, the largest property owner along The Strip. As part of the Master Plan team responsible for the reprogramming and reconfiguration of the MGM properties, !melk was commissioned to conceive a public space network that caters to the growing influence of pedestrians.
In the Las Vegas of today the car is no longer king, and property owners have come to realize the value of well designed public space. Market trends are shifting away from gambling and instead focusing on a variety of activities in and around the public realm. Realizing the power of public space as an economic driver, MGM decided to implement a first phase with a total investment value of 400 million dollars. This phase included the reconfiguration of the hotel/casino frontages of “New York New York” and “Monte Carlo” with a variety of new restaurants, sidewalk cafes and retail outlets, as well as a new 20,000 seat Arena, all embedded within a cohesive public realm.
Cooper Robertson & Partners (planning), Marnell Architecture (architect), Lochsa Engineering (civil engineer), Barker Drotter Associates (site structural engineer), JBA Consulting Engineers (electrical engineer), Lighting Design Alliance (lighting design), STO Design Group & Water FX (water feature engineer)
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