The Las Vegas urban approach of the main boulevard, when implemented in Cotai, has resulted in a different outcome. The top-down planning in Cotai was ineffective due to different reasons. In order to understand the discrepancies, it is critical to …

MACAU (1999-2009) / URBAN PLANNING OF COTAI: 5. THE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN THE URBAN LANDSCAPE OF LAS VEGAS AND COTAI Read more »

During Stanley Ho’s monopoly, Macau has long been considered a city with a complicated yet consistent urban form, full of a rich mix of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. The streets were narrow and the small plots of land adapted to …

MACAU (1999-2009) / URBAN PLANNING OF COTAI: 4. THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAS VEGAS STRIP Read more »

With the adoption of the new plans to turn Cotai into a “chessboard” of casinos, conflicts between the government and the society have worsened. Not only have housing needs been ignored, plans for providing public spaces have also been sacrificed. …

MACAU (1999-2009) / URBAN PLANNING OF COTAI: 3. GOVERNMENT EFFORTS IN THE ALLEVIATION OF PUBLIC DISSATISFACTION Read more »

17 years ago, when Macau was still under the rule of the Portuguese government, Macau peninsula was the only place that was allowed the land use for hotels and casinos and there was only one gambling license allowed in the …

MACAU (1999-2009) / URBAN PLANNING OF COTAI: 2. LAND USE TENSION BETWEEN CASINOS & THE PUBLIC Read more »

Since the handover of Macau to the Chinese government, administrative transparency of the government had been low. All judgments and policies had been carried out without public consultation. This has given rise to black box activities, which has dominated the …

MACAU (1999-2009) / URBAN PLANNING OF COTAI: 1. GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES IN DECISION MAKING Read more »