Heaven or Las Vegas: An excursion after hyperreality
Govela Martinez, Alberto
Master of Architecture
Heaven or Las Vegas Seeks to question, reconsider and project the existing conditions, contemporary techniques and future constructions of the hyperreal. The hyperreal site, initially a destination apart from the everyday life, has undergone a crucial transformation during the last 20 years. As a product of the experience economy, the techniques of the hyperreal have leaked into the everyday and the everyday life into the hyperreal, creating diffuse consumer environments where everyday human activities are enhanced and staged through specific atmospheres. Heaven or Las Vegas takes the exhaustion of the hyperreal as a starting point and as an architectural opportunity. In search for what could be the equivalent to the destination apart in the XXI century, this thesis goes back to Las Vegas in an excursion into its past/future and projects the existing spatial, temporal and organizational devices of the hyperreal to construct a new set of architectural tools ("the continuous stage", "urban timelines" and "the hyperduck surface") that could construct a next layer for Las Vegas and a foundation for what a destination apart could be in the XXI century.