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Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo, Norway
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York, NY USA
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA USA
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT USA

Winner of the
Paul E. Buchanan Award Vernacular Architecture Forum
AASLH Leadership in History, Award of Merit American Association for State and Local History
CLHO Award of Merit CT League of History Organizations
CCAPA Media Award CT Chapter, American Planning Association

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272 pages
6 X 9
ISBN 9781878541017
Library of Congress PCN: 2014932107

Edited by Stephen Fan

Abigail A. Van Slyck, President of the Society of Architectural Historians, Dayton Professor of Art History, Connecticut College
Aron Chang, Architect, Waggonner & Ball
Ellen Pader, Anthropologist, Regional Planning and Policy, UMass Amherst
Chloe Taft, American Studies, Yale University
Shane Keaney, Art Director, Column Five

Casino Sub-Urbanization: Casino Company Towns / China Towns

Learning from Los Chinos: Chinese Casino Workers and the Contested Domestic Landscape
SubUrban Urbanisms: Single/Multifamily Hybrid Housing
Chinatown Buses at a Steeltown Casino: Contested Local Spaces in a Global Risk Economy
Restructuring Immigrant Workers' Housing: When does Policy or Design Become Discriminatory?
Versailles, New Orleans: Building and Sustaining an Immigrant Community in the Urban Periphery

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 people, capital, and goods—-the basic definitions of a city--into the urban periphery. In regions with existing Chinese populations, these flows of casino patrons and workers have also brought recent Chinese immigrants into these sub-urban areas. These immigrants introduce urban notions of density, diversity, and dynamism into the seemingly suburban fabric surrounding the casinos.

By examining these unique types of urbanizations that have emerged within existing sub-urban communities, SubUrbanisms explores the ways in which these casino company towns and china towns challenge the cultural assumptions, values, and norms rooted in the American suburban landscape. By documenting, interpreting, and speculating upon these urban transformations of the suburban fabric, SubUrbanisms abstracts principles from these case studies of the Chinese diaspora in the United States, in order to address sustainabilities of suburban living worldwide.

With contributors representing fields ranging from anthropology to public policy, to urban and architectural history, this multidisciplinary study explores architecture and urbanism as it engages with social, political, and economic affairs of local, national, and global significance. These include national identity claims, multiculturalism, and property rights vis a vis local impacts of global Chinese migration on architecture, landscapes, and planning policies.

In sum, SubUrbanisms interprets how the everyday built environment and cultural landscape, embedded with particular cultural, financial, and aesthetic values, serve as contested media through which identities are constructed and social relationships negotiated. Understanding how we are spatially situated—from different global/local scales and different cultural perspectives—allows us to see how our lives are shaped by space and, in turn, empowers us to shape our lives. 

American Studies / Anthropology / Architecture / Cultural Studies / Ethnic Studies / Geography / History / Planning / Public Policy / Sociology / Urban Studies