A PAIR OF “DEATH RAY” BUILDINGS AND THE ARCHITECT WHO DESIGNED THEM

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Back in September 2010, a lawyer from Chicago named Bill Pintas was lying poolside at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas.  It was just after noon.  He was lying on his stomach when he started to feel painfully hot.  When he went to put his flip flops on, they were half-melted, so he ran barefoot into the shade.  Once there, he smelled something burning, and realized his hair had been singed. When Pintas returned to his chair, a plastic shopping bag he’d left there was melted, and when he asked hotel staff about it, they were apologetic but unsurprised.  A waitress told him that plastic drink cups that were left out by the pool were often melted, and she even had a name for the phenomenon;  “The Vdara Death Ray.” A PAIR OF “DEATH RAY” BUILDINGS AND THE ARCHITECT WHO DESIGNED THEM