VegasTripping Interview With Mark Adams from Vegas Today and Tomorrow

Talkin' Shop With Future Vegas' Amerigo Vespucci

Posted by Chuckmonster

MGM City Center

MA: Getting back to MGM - and I'm not worried about burning bridges here, they'll never buy anything from me - I've approached them with maps and they said "we have people for that." The interesting thing about Vegas Today and Tomorrow is that I don't take photos down. When a project changes from one rendering to the next, I'll re-title the old rendering to "Old Rendering" and explain the differences between the new and the old and what's changed and leave it there. So, MGM really morphed about four times until to its current state.

VT: The City Center project?

MA: Yes. The original was very fanciful, the one after that had rooftop gardens all over it and a really cool oval shaped walking bridge. Then, like the Cadillac, the one that became the XLR... it looked like something out of Buck Rogers... any prototype of a new car looks way cooler than the dumbed down, actual, final car. The same thing with City Center... they dumbed it down, they dumbed it down, they dumbed it down. It's a wonderful project, please don't get me wrong. I love City Center and I think it's one of the most fabulous things ever built. But it had been dumbed down a bit... well... not necesscarily dumbed down. Let's be nice. It's been...

VT: Honed?

MA: There's a word....

VT: De-future-ized?

MA: No... no. It's... more realistic in scope. You can draw really cool plans, but it's not realistic to build something like that if it costs twice as much, so they have to be sensible. It's a more sensible model, that's the word. It's more sensible than it was. But the fans still love to see the old renderings. They love to see the progression of the design. I must have had 13 or so renderings [of City Center] that were the older renderings. I received a letter from their legal department telling me that I am 'not authorized to put these renderings up' and that 'these renderings misrepresent' their product. Basically, they didn't want readers to see the rooftop gardens, fall in love with that idea, then realize that they're not actually there. Even though I clearly said "Old Renderings," MGM absolutely refused to let me keep those renderings up.

VT: And your response was?

MA: I had no choice, it was their legal department so I abided. I responded with a very well written letter explaining the importance of the site, and the importance of having the renderings of City Center, at least the current ones. They responded saying 'until you hear from us no renderings of City Center will be allowed on your site.' I put a little note on the City Center page and removed all the renderings. I got to speaking with their PR department and was blessed by the great lion of MGM to at least carry the most current renderings as long as I don't alter them, or change them or do anything to them. So now the website only has the latest renderings and the historical renderings are gone.

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Comments & Discussion

thank you for the interview - i actually found this site thru vegasTAT when they won the trippie award last year, and i go to both sites daily. it was very interesting to see that MGMMirage was against the renderings, but it didn's surprise me. Mr Adams is doing a wonderful job over there.

you're very welcome. mr. adams is smart as a whip and unbelievably creative...

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