The dramatic expansion of the historically marginalized gaming industry has led to a proliferation of casinos in the American landscape. Casinos now draw concentrated flows of capital, goods, and people into the urban periphery throughout the country. In regions with existing Asian populations, these flows of casino patrons and workers have also brought recent Chinese immigrants into these sub-urban areas. How do these casino company towns and china towns challenge the cultural assumptions, values, and norms rooted in the American suburban landscape? How can these informal urban transformations of the suburban fabric provide alternative models and principles to address the sustainabilities of suburban living?
Stephen Fan is the Founding Director of s!fan, a research/design collaborative working at the ntersections of architecture, art, planning, and design. Bridging practice and academia, he has built projects on four continents and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Art History and Architectural Studies Department at Connecticut College. He is the curator and editor of SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape, which has received awards from the Vernacular Architecture Forum and American Planning Association, and has been featured in Architectural Record, City Lab, Metropolis, Next City, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Urban Omnibus, and the World Journal.
He received his M.Arch and A.B from Harvard University.