World of Malls

Architectures of Consumption

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World of Malls
Architectures of Consumption

Ed. Andres Lepik, Vera Simone Bader, text(s) by Anette Baldauf/Elizabeth Giorgis, Regina Bittner, Richard Longstreth, June Williamson, Katja Eichinger, Dietrich Erben, Alain Thierstein, Sophie Wolfrum, Anna Klingmann, Robert Bruegmann, Roberto Gigliotti

English

2016. 256 pp., 200 ills.

hardcover

20.00 x 26.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4139-2

A changing vision of shopping: a contemporary publication on the phenomenon of the shopping mall

The catalogue World of Malls is devoted to a type of building that was invented in the United States just less than sixty years ago and quickly spread throughout the world. Due to urban planning’s increasing orientation toward the automobile, the mall became a substitute for lost urbanity. Yet what direction is the development of the shopping mall taking today? On the one hand, there continue to be spectacular new openings in America, Asia, the United Arab Emirates, and Europe. At the same time, however, many malls are empty, and some are being converted and repurposed. There is hardly any other building typology that is being discussed as controversially: does the shopping mall mean the death of the city, or does it stimulate its revitalization? In their essays, urban planners, economists, and architectural historians such as Anette Baldauf, Bob Bruegmann, Dietrich Erben, Richard Longstreth, Alain Thierstein, June Williamson, and Sophie Wolfrum examine the transformation processes of the shopping mall from the twentieth to the twenty-first century. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-4138-5)

Exhibition: Architekturmuseum der TU München in der Pinakothek der Moderne, 13.7.–22.10.2016

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