Reaching for the Sky

The Marina Bay Sands Singapore


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SpecificationsSKU: 90192Size: 10 x 12″ Pages: 300pp Binding: Trade Cloth Publication Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-9819857-6-3 World Rights: Available
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Marina Bay Sands, a $5 billion, high-density, mixed-use integrated resort that brings together a 2,560 room hotel, convention center, shopping and dining, theaters, museum, and a casino across the water from Singapore’s Central Business District, opened to the public on June 23, 2010.

Designed by Boston-based, internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the 929,000 meter (10-million-square-foot) urban district anchors the Singapore waterfront, creates a gateway to Singapore, and provides a dynamic setting for a vibrant public life. This new urban place integrates the waterfront promenade, a 74,000-square-meter (800,000-square-foot), multi level arcade, and the iconic Museum of Art Science on the promontory. Located along the network of public paths are also two theaters with a combined 4,000 seats, a casino, a 9,000-square-meter (96,000-square-foot) convention center, and a hydraulically adjustable public event plaza of 5,000 square meters (54,000 square foot).

Combining indoor and outdoor spaces and providing a platform for a wide array of activities, this vibrant, 21st-century cardo maximus, or grand arcade, also connects to the subway and other transportation. Reaching for the Sky takes viewers on a stunning visual journey behind the scenes of this tremendous achievement.

Moshe Safdie is a leading architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Embracing a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, Safdie has been a visionary force in architecture, urban planning and design for over forty years. Safdie is committed to architecture that supports and enhances a project’s program; that is informed by the geographical, social and cultural elements that define a place; and that responds to human needs and aspirations. Completing a wide range of projects, such as cultural, educational, and civic institutions; neighborhoods and public parks; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and master plans for existing communities and entirely new cities, Safdie has made lasting contributions to the quality of life in cities and neighborhoods around the world.

Gary Hack, Professor of City and Regional Planning, teaches the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and is also the former Dean of the School, having stepped down in 2008. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a professor of urban design at MIT, and a partner in the professional firm of Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell in Cambridge. Earlier in his career, Professor Hack was head of planning for Gruen Associates in New York and directed the Canadian government’s housing and urban development research and demonstration programs. He has served on the board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board, is a former chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and a member of the board of the William Penn Foundation.

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 3 in

10 x 12"




Trade Cloth

Publication date

Tuesday, November 13, 2012



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