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Reinvent or Die: The Transformation of Malls Under The New Economic/Urban Paradigm

06:00 - 29 December, 2017
Reinvent or Die: The Transformation of Malls Under The New Economic/Urban Paradigm, Southdale Center Circa, portrayed by Grey Villet (Minnesota, United States), 1956. Image via Shorpy
Southdale Center Circa, portrayed by Grey Villet (Minnesota, United States), 1956. Image via Shorpy

In this collaboration, the Spanish office Ecosistema Urbano analyzes the rise and fall of the shopping centers as an authentically American typology of the twentieth century and with commercial success in the rest of the world, although it does not undergo significant changes in "its spaces, solutions, and elements."

According to the authors, this typology is currently undergoing an inflection due to the new economic and urban paradigms that force them to reinvent themselves or die. They plan a series of revitalization strategies in a mall in the outskirts of Barcelona (Spain) that seeks their "reconfiguration through the introduction of new programs in an attempt to convert it into a much more public space, being able to attract users who would otherwise not come."

Full article after the break.

El centro comercial Santa Monica Place, que gracias a la sostenibilidad de su transformación ha recibido la certificación LEED. Image Cortesía de Macerich (Creative Commons) The US automotive culture fostered the trend of suburban shopping malls. Image via Malls of America La comida como catalizador social. Image Cortesía de Ecosistema Urbano Edificio para experimentar y descubrir.. Image Cortesía de Ecosistema Urbano + 13

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Examines the Typology of the Department Store

04:00 - 29 January, 2016

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team ask whether the typology of the department store – their urban impact and the ways in which they have redefined the shopping habits of many. The show examines the history of the London department store and heads to Paris to explore France’s first, Le Bon Marché. The team also draw parallels between Istanbul’s old 'hans' and their contemporary equivalents.