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Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas (Bilingual English/German Edition) (English and German Edition) Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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... profoundly demonstrate(s) what Las Vegas is as a place to live--a place of rather extreme economic and social stratification, sprawl, environmental exploitation, rapid development that is absent infrastructure, and fragmentation, yet also a place of energy and change as it morphs into a new but still undetermined urban form. ... Certainly anyone concerned with community sustainability would be concerned about the images. -- Ronald W. Smith, Vice President for Research and Director of Sustainability Initiatives, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

... transcend(s) the customary generalizations and statistics we deploy when attempting to comprehend rapid urban growth. It also transcends what Denise Scott-Brown termed the "semiotics" of life-style gratification in the most famous treatment of the city, thirty years ago. ... Stern and Huber do not preach; rather they have found a way in which the images capture the primordial drama and the text leads the viewer into the depth of the issue. -- Peter Carl, Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Its provocative presentation of the rapidly urbanizing outskirts of Las Vegas can be viewed as a not-so-distant mirror to the low-density development that is happening on the ever-shifting, outward-moving edge of Phoenix. With their powerful images of planned communities and power grids arising in the Mojave Desert, Ralph Stern and Nicole Huber suggest that we know far more about how to manipulate the land than how to inhabit the desert in ways both artful and responsible. -- Nancy Levinson, Director, Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, College of Design, Arizona State University

... For those who live in Las Vegas, or study it, or both, this book is not merely vital. It is vitally necessary.

Michael S. Green, Professor of History, College of Southern Nevada --Popular Culture Review, Fall 2009

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Its provocative presentation of the rapidly urbanizing outskirts of Las Vegas can be viewed as a not-so-distant mirror to the low-density development that is happening on the ever-shifting, outward-moving edge of Phoenix. With their powerful images of planned communities and power grids arising in the Mojave Desert, Ralph Stern and Nicole Huber suggest that we know far more about how to manipulate the land than how to inhabit the desert in ways both artful and responsible.

Its provocative presentation of the rapidly urbanizing outskirts of Las Vegas can be viewed as a not-so-distant mirror to the low-density development that is happening on the ever-shifting, outward-moving edge of Phoenix. With their powerful images of planned communities and power grids arising in the Mojave Desert, Ralph Stern and Nicole Huber suggest that we know far more about how to manipulate the land than how to inhabit the desert in ways both artful and responsible.

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