RayK

Las Vegas' City Center

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After a long wait the City Center of Las Vegas is finally open, and it was worth the wait. In the last week I have been to the City Center twice and still have a lot left to see and enjoy.

For anyone that is coming to Las Vegas this summer for the Objectivist Conference I would recommend that you make some time to see this beautiful complex.

Here is the link, and I hope that you enjoy it.

http://www.citycenter.com/

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After a long wait the City Center of Las Vegas is finally open, and it was worth the wait. In the last week I have been to the City Center twice and still have a lot left to see and enjoy.

For anyone that is coming to Las Vegas this summer for the Objectivist Conference I would recommend that you make some time to see this beautiful complex.

Here is the link, and I hope that you enjoy it.

http://www.citycenter.com/

Thanks, Ray. Vegas is a truly special place. Love it!

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That's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Ray.

Who is going to OCON this year, btw? I finally have the time and money to do it again, and was hoping to see some familiar "faces" there.

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That's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Ray.

Who is going to OCON this year, btw? I finally have the time and money to do it again, and was hoping to see some familiar "faces" there.

Bryson,

Your are welcome and I agree it is gorgeous. Since originally starting this thread I have gone back about 3 more times to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the place, inside and outside. I hope you get a chance to see it in person.

I do not know if I will have the time to go to OCON as I have a relative getting married (out of state) at the same time, but I am going to attempt to at least make it to a few activities/lectures.

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For anyone that is coming to Las Vegas this summer for the Objectivist Conference I would recommend that you make some time to see this beautiful complex.

Here is the link, and I hope that you enjoy it.

http://www.citycenter.com/

A tad garish. But it is a big improvement from the days of Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel.

Bob Kolker

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RayK: Where is the Red Rock Casino in relation to the City Center? The Strip? I plan on going to OCON this year even though I lost my job thanks to Bush and Obama (had to get in a political dig), but it will be nice to be with rational people for a week or so. :D

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RayK: Where is the Red Rock Casino in relation to the City Center? The Strip? I plan on going to OCON this year even though I lost my job thanks to Bush and Obama (had to get in a political dig), but it will be nice to be with rational people for a week or so. :D

Hi Dave,

The Red Rock Casino is due west of the Strip on Charleston Boulevard which runs east and west and right into Las Vegas Boulevard. The Strip can be reached by following Charleston Boulevard, but I would not recommend that as there are to many lights. The quickest way to get to the Strip from where you will be is to get on the 215 which goes around town in almost a full circle and take it to the 15 where you can then head north and exit on either Tropicana or Flamingo as the City Center is between both roads. I hope you enjoy your time.

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I'll be attending myself, I just completed the registration form. :D This will be my first OCON, I've been to a couple of smaller conferences in Europe before but I've never done the real thing yet--so I can hardly wait to get on that plane in July! :D Ray - I hope you can make it to some of the events; it would be great to meet you again!

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Who is going to OCON this year, btw? I finally have the time and money to do it again, and was hoping to see some familiar "faces" there.

See you there. :D

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I'll be attending myself, I just completed the registration form. :D This will be my first OCON, I've been to a couple of smaller conferences in Europe before but I've never done the real thing yet--so I can hardly wait to get on that plane in July! :D Ray - I hope you can make it to some of the events; it would be great to meet you again!

Hi CF, I should be able to make it back in time to attend a couple of events and I also look forward to seeing you again.

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Beautiful.

It reminds me of a similar project in downtown LA. When I was there last year, I remember being struck by the new Ritz Carlton building (http://www.ritzcarlton.com/NR/rdonlyres/23AE1803-659C-41FE-B7B5-9430F47DEF09/0/NEW_LALive11_crop.jpg) as it stood out so clearly above the surrounding buildings, both in sheer size (actual AND apparent) and in the modernity and taste of its design.

And of course, Vespasiano's favorite, the Time Warner buildings in NYC!

There is something really striking about large glass-faced, angular designs...

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I don't understand the praise for the awful City Center. Some of the buildings are nice (in particular the Aria) but as a whole it's a complete mess. Look at this:

CityCenter1.jpg

The buildings do not work well together. They give a feeling of being designed independently without coherence. In fact, I understand that many architects were involved. The "Crystals" center is a Frank Gehry rip-off of post-modern curves. The Veer Towers appear to be falling over in yet another Gehry rip off.

The facades aside, walk into Crystals to see how awful the building functions. The eye is assaulted with crazy angles and jarring lines. It's impossible to see the stores in this shopping center. My family had a lot of trouble finding our way around it too. Compare this with the gorgeous and rational lines of Belagio and the Venetian.

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Jordanz,

I do not like the outside look of every building at the City Center and the Crystals mall is probably the one I do not like the most. But I did not have any problem finding my way around it nor the stores. I also do not know the reason that the Veers Tower was designed with a slight slant. But to contrast them aginst real Gehry work is almost laughable. Gehry has a building in Las Vegas now and it is disgusting looking and it is owned by Cleveland Clinic for brain health.

I do like the luxury and the look of the both the Bellagio and the Venetian, but they are both ripoffs (as so much of Las Vegas) of building and designs from other cities in Europe.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt...%26tbs%3Disch:1

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Jordanz,

I ran out of time before work this morning, so I wanted to add to my comments.

When I first read your post I started laughing because I had some similar thoughts the first time I saw drawings and then the actual buildings during construction. I thought this thing looks to be an example of a non-integrated, unfocused mind. I then did some reading about the project and found that the goal was to give a glimpse of what a city usually looks like as most of the buildings in a major city are not all designed for the same purpose nor at the same time nor with the same technological advances as the time periods are different. In other words it is supposed to be a miniature example of a real city and hence the name City Center. It is supposed to be a place where the residents or vacationers do not have to leave the center as all their needs, supposedly, can be fulfilled withing the center much like a real city. So, with that goal in mind, I was able to rethink my premise on the City Center and why I objectively like it even with some of it's negative aspects.

One of the hotel/casinos that I like very much is actually the Red Rock Station Casino. But even that design is borrowed from Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater which can be glimpsed from the main entrance.

http://www.destination360.com/north-americ...red-rock-resort

The Bellagio borrowed it's design from a building on Lake Como in Italy. The Venetian borrowed it's grand theme from Venice, Italy's architecture. Please do not misunderstand me as I enjoy both of these buildings and the luxuries that they have inside. I also like most of the buildings at the City Center because of the look, the luxuries inside and the new technologies that they used to build them.

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The Bellagio borrowed it's design from a building on Lake Como in Italy.

As I'm sure RayK knows, the hotel chain borrowed its name from a town situated on an ideal spot on that lake, one if the most beautiful regions on earth. (The most benevolent and influential person of my childhood hailed from this region. Ho nostalgia di te, Ginacio!)

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The Bellagio borrowed it's design from a building on Lake Como in Italy.

As I'm sure RayK knows, the hotel chain borrowed its name from a town situated on an ideal spot on that lake, one if the most beautiful regions on earth. (The most benevolent and influential person of my childhood hailed from this region. Ho nostalgia di te, Ginacio!)

One of my many married couple clients went on a European trip last fall and stayed at Lake Como. They used one of their pictures from Lake Como as their background where all the way across the lake one can see some large structures expanding right to the lake's edge, it is beautiful.

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