Queensland, golden chips and the temptation of the Asia-Pacific model

Bischeri, Cecilia and Micheli, Silvia (2016). Queensland, golden chips and the temptation of the Asia-Pacific model. In: AnnMarie Brennan and Philip Goad, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (54-64). 6-9 July 2016.

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Author Bischeri, Cecilia
Micheli, Silvia
Title of paper Queensland, golden chips and the temptation of the Asia-Pacific model
Conference name Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 6-9 July 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher SAHANZ
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780734052650
Editor AnnMarie Brennan
Philip Goad
Volume 33
Start page 54
End page 64
Total pages 11
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In the wake of Brisbane’s recent history and its effort to strengthen its geopolitical role in the Asia Pacific region, the construction of the Queen’s Wharf Integrated Resort Casino in the Brisbane CBD by 2017 will play a central role, bringing a dramatic change of scale and culture in the architectural development of the city. This project is the linchpin of a broad strategy, which promotes tourism infrastructure to ensure Brisbane’s visibility and presence in the Asia Pacific market. With their association to a luxury lifestyle made of glittering golden chips and ostentatious opulence, the casino has a prime role within Brisbane’s rebranding strategy. To attract international visitors seeking the experience of a world-class city, however, integrated resort casinos are only one component of a larger inventory. Iconic pedestrian bridges, panoramic wheels, wonderland gardens and glamourous swimming pools located on waterfronts – already part of the Brisbane urban landscape - have recently become essential features to convey a convincing image of a rampant global city.

This paper aims to investigate critically the role of architecture in the making of contemporary city, focusing on the recent transformations on the area across Brisbane’s CBD and South Bank. In order to understand Brisbane’s strategic use of architecture to consolidate its position in the international market – and the repercussion of this choice – the paper will adopt a historical perspective on this phenomenon, considering Moshe Safdie’s research on high-density mixed-use integrated resorts, including his projects for the Robina International Casino (1982) in Queensland’s Gold Coast, Marina Bay (2011) in Singapore and the most recent Chongqing Chatianmen mixed-use intervention in China. The comparative analysis of these precedents with Brisbane’s urban restructuring will build an understanding of the existence of a consolidated urban trend and highlight the circulation of architectural ideas and strategies across Asia Pacific cities.
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