January 1, 2010, 7am PST
Architecture critic James S. Russell interviews James Murren, the man behind CityCenter in Las Vegas. It was Murren's idea to hire the six star architects who designed the site. Murren says the Ground Zero designs inspired him.
December 23, 2009, 7am PST
Nicolai Ourousoff pays a visit to an exhibit at Yale that looks back at 'Learning From Las Vegas,' the famed book on Sin City architecture from the 1970s.
December 20, 2009, 5am PST
There's a monorail on the Las Vegas Strip. Well, kinda. It's actually behind the casinos and hotels that line the famous strip. This piece from <em>Metropolis</em> explains how it got there and why it's not so good.
December 17, 2009, 1pm PST
The former site of the Mustang Ranch turns out to be an important piece of a floodplain restoration project in Nevada, and was inadvertently preserved because of the presence of the famous brothel.
December 17, 2009, 7am PST
Architect Daniel Libeskind, designer of part of the new Las Vegas megaproject CityCenter, says now is the right time to be building big and bold projects.
December 16, 2009, 6am PST
A floodplain on the Truckee River -- the original site of a famous Nevada brothel -- is being restored to its natural state.
December 15, 2009, 6am PST
<em>Los Angeles Times</em> architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne offers a take on Las Vegas' new CityCenter mega project, highlighting the project's faux-urbanism and what in the end is disappointingly conservative architecture.
December 14, 2009, 9am PST
Despite geologic barriers and in the face of scientific advice, huge infrastructure projects of the 20th century brought water to the arid Southwest and fueled the growth of a megaregion.
December 9, 2009, 5am PST
This essay from Places looks at the history of development in Las Vegas and how the city has rapidly changed the Mojave Desert.
December 1, 2009, 12pm PST
Vegas' CityCenter, designed by a handful of notable architects, may be Vegas' first walkable, urban development, complete with LEED Gold Certification.
November 27, 2009, 1pm PST
The $8.5 billion CityCenter mega project is set to open next week in Las Vegas. Many say it's likely to be the last major project in the struggling city for years.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 14, 2009, 11am PST
Over forty years, the federal government exploded almost a thousand nuclear warheads under the Nevada desert. Radiation leeched into the aquifers, in a region with a growing population and a water crisis.
November 12, 2009, 11am PST
Developers and locals in Las Vegas are pinning hopes onto the new CityCenter development to bring walkability to the desert city.
October 25, 2009, 5am PDT
The problems facing urban America can be exemplified by looking at the city of Las Vegas, according to this piece from the Brookings Institution's Mark Muro.
October 9, 2009, 12pm PDT
Planners from Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno met this week to discuss plans for high-speed rail between their cities, since they've been left off the map of potential corridors to be funded by the stimulus package.
September 25, 2009, 8am PDT
A community of hundreds of people live beneath the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip in flood control tunnels.
September 18, 2009, 11am PDT
Federal authorities recently announced $45 million in support of plans to construct a magnetic levitation train line between Las Vegas and Southern California, re-igniting a debate over two proposed rail connections.
September 9, 2009, 8am PDT
Formerly thought to be recession-proof, the tourist mecca of Las Vegas is taking a hard hit during the current economic recession.
August 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
Willingness to default on home loans has been found to increase in ZIP codes with high foreclosure rates, leaving foreclosure-heavy Las Vegas in danger.
July 27, 2009, 5am PDT
The supply of housing in Las Vegas is at a three-year low, a fact many attribute to prospectors buying up low-priced foreclosures in recent months.