Issue 117 | Apr-Jun 2019

Las Vegas In Singapore

Dr Lee Kah-Wee (Design and Environment ’07)


Dr Lee Kah-Wee’s first publication looks at the collision of the histories of Singapore and Las Vegas in the form of Marina Bay Sands, one of Singapore’s two Integrated Resorts. Dr Lee argues that the historical project of the control of vice is also about the control of space and capital. The result is an uneven landscape where the legal and moral status of gambling is contingent on where it is located. As the current wave of casino expansion spreads across Asia, he warns that these developments should not be seen as liberalisation but instead as a continuation of the project of concentrating power by modern states and corporations.

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