Here are their postcards to the future.
By Brittany Wright
The Ally—meant to evoke both our connection with one another as allies and the alleys that connect our spaces—is an elevated pedestrian park and path system that pulls tourists off the Strip to experience more of Las Vegas, while at the same time developing more green and social space for locals to call their own. The Ally is designed to expand into additional neighborhoods, giving locals the chance to participate in the reinvention of their public spaces, incorporating their ideas into “nodes of activity” along the elevated paths.
By Dan Laster
While solar-energy projects have provided sustainable power in the Southern Nevada desert, vacant casinos offer uncharted opportunities. This project re-envisions Echelon Place—Boyd Gaming’s grand project that was stunted by the Great Recession—as both a public park on the Strip and a center for energy and water independence. The project integrates a solar tower complex, as well as water collection and reclamation facilities—not to mention breathtaking pools, spas and baths. With Echelon soon to be replaced by Resorts World, of course, this is an alternative vision of 2034—but one that creatively explores the potential for Las Vegas to stay true to its whimsical roots while blazing new trails in sustainability.
By Gensler of Nevada
The Las Vegas Promenade re-envisions the Strip as home to a system of temporary pop-up cubes, arranged and configured to create an array of gathering spaces. This space expresses what we call the “urban mosaic”: When we share space at any one place, at any one time, everyday life becomes a special event. The Promenade was designed to embrace the flexibility, interactivity and ever-changing nature of Las Vegas. The project trades automobile traffic for opportunities for meaningful connections between locals and visitors. Meanwhile, it supports the city’s entrepreneurial spirit and—with a constantly shifting menu of options—celebrates its heritage as an entertainment capital.
By Torrey Tracy
Whether in the form of an onsite hologram, an interactive pavilion, a digital placard, an abstract art installation or a combination of them all, the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement—better known as the Mob Museum—will branch out by 2034. At numerous sites across the Valley, a variety of unique markers will commemorate the spots where the shady deals, high-level pasta dinners, hit jobs and big busts actually took place. The marriage of technology and history will add a heightened element to the Mob Museum’s presence in the Valley.
By Eric Roberts
With the competition’s completion of a fourth “amusement wheel” on the Strip in 2020, Stratosphere management knew it had its work cut out to remain the king of Las Vegas amusement rides. Enter Richard Branson, and several million dollars, and a few years later the pinnacle of the Stratosphere Tower is now home to the “Vegas Mesosphere” adventure wheel—and a launch pad for Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipFour.
By Kyle Fischer
In 2034, mobile pods are the newest thing to hit the Las Vegas Strip. Guests can choose to add on from an assortment of amenities, including guest bedroom, Jacuzzi tub or even a private table game. When not being used for guest purposes, pods can be used to transport construction crews and materials during times of renovation. This keeps hallways free from clutter and debris, allowing for continuous operation throughout any renovation process. Here at the New Flamingo, mobile pods allow the hotel to respond to different space needs on demand, and help a Vegas classic remain forever young.
THE GREEN FONTAINEBLEAU
By Jacob Rivard, Marshall Cowan and Heather Holmstrom
Of the many projects interrupted by the Great Recession, the most visible was the Fontainebleau at the center of the Strip. But time and ingenuity can heal and redeem: Our Fontainebleau Re-Engagement would go beyond completing the project: It would revise it for maximum sustainability, eliminating the need to import resources and even producing its own resources for export. The new Fontainebleau will be both a resort and a growing center for the Valley through hydroponic farming. The site uses algae panels that filter the water, and air-producing bio-fuels that help power the co-generation plant. The algae is engineered to be bio-luminescent, providing a soft glow—a nod to the neon lights of a city always prepared to re-engage its past and re-envision its future.
By Dan Sturges and Gensler of Nevada
By 2034, car-free communities have become the rage in Las Vegas. The first one was built north of the city in 2021, and a number of existing communities have been retrofitted to this new model. These communities trade streets and driveways for greenways and pedestrian and bicycle paths. They also feature an automated “horizontal elevator” type of system (“PODcars”) for efficiently moving people and goods within the communities through high-tech alleys.
By Talah Pejooh
Architecture has shifted paradigms—from the solid and static nature of building to a soft and dynamic reality. In the new paradigm, the crossbreeding of smart technology and design gives birth to a new ways to design and experience moments in space. This rendering is a proposed design solution for the Harmon (post-implosion). The blimp projects “holoscapes”—roving holographic settings, which have the potential to move to any urban landscape.
By George Bergman, Brett Robillard and Robert Kilian
You approach via private jet, wander among interwoven gardens and waterfalls, play on the sprawling beach: It’s 2034, and Las Vegas is still the place to find a fresh reality. This hyper-luxury resort would be the Strip’s next grand spectacle, a seamless fusion of grandeur and intimacy.
By Windom Kimsey
In downtown Henderson, Water Street is undergoing a rebirth spurred on by the City’s Redevelopment Agency, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, and local business owners and residents. This project transforms the once-blighted quarter-mile stretch into a vibrant, walkable, culturally rich urban neighborhood with the addition of multifamily housing, a community-oriented public market and eclectic local retail, dining and entertainment establishments.
THE LAS VEGAS BIO-RING
By Gensler of Nevada
The Bio-Ring is a new threshold around the Valley. At once created to control sprawl and to address energy and water problems, this massive undertaking would include ecologically driven elements such as photovoltaic arrays and rainwater harvesting. It would also include just about everything else: condos, highways, farms, greenbelts, arenas and office space. The ring creates a barrier to enhance that which lies within while preserving what lies outside: the stark, natural desert landscape. It is a dramatic departure from the uncontrolled developer-driven sprawl that has characterized much of the physical expansion of Las Vegas. It is a bold, new edge.
By Marco A. Davis
This post-urbanist vision reimagines the 120 acres surrounding Commercial Center on Sahara Avenue from Maryland Parkway to Paradise Road. The sculptural master plan features mixed-use forms and an intertwining, multitiered flow of pedestrian and vehicular energy.
THE NFL’S LAS VEGAS ATOMS
By Hernan Valencia
What could be more fanciful than the behemoth NFL—an institution whose popularity is substantially fueled by gambling—finally deciding that a gambling town isn’t so bad for the game after all? And when you think about future sponsorships, what could be more natural than the tech and sports worlds merging right here in Las Vegas?
Note: These visions are theoretical, and the projects have no direct affiliation with resorts or property owners.