Casino Urbanisms: Spectacle, Enclaves, Networks

26 August 2020 (Wed)

Dr. Kah-Wee Lee, Associate Director of NUS’s Master in Urban Planning Program, delivered a fascinating lecture about casino urbanism on Wednesday evening. According to him, the liberalization of commercial gambling and the accumulation of immense private wealth in Asia has led to a boom in the global casino industry. Today, Macau, Singapore, and Manila are the metropolitan centers of casino gambling in Asia. Kah-Wee examines how casino cities operate as concrete sites where the hyper-circulation or surplus capital clashes with national and socio-political norms, a conflict that is both expressed in and resolved through spacial strategies of containment and representation.