|PROJECTS||Viva Las Vegas Pasajes (#72)|
Las Vegas was founded on May 15, 1905, when 110 acres of desert were auctioned off in a single day. In the following 20 years the city essentially thrived because of the railroad. In 1931, three events occurred in the State of Nevada that would forever change the face of Las Vegas: gambling was legalized, divorce laws were liberalized and the construction of Hoover Dam started. What followed was the fastest building and population boom a city faced in the 20th century. Las Vegas success is based on its ability for a continuous face-lift. The first decades of hotel-casino design were dominated by a "homegrown" ranch style, which was abandoned for the resorts in the 50´s and that again was replaced by the mega resorts in the 90’s. This latest transformation altered the appearance of Las Vegas radically from a "city of signs" to a "city of symbols".
Flachau, dec. 2001