Posted by dmfox on June 30, 2003 at 13:07:16:
In Reply to: Re: are all shopping malls alike? posted by Jim on June 29, 2003 at 19:04:35:
There are two books that I highly recommend :: Sprawl and Public Spaces : Redressing the Mall (David Smiley) and The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (Rem Koolhaus + Chuihua Judy Chung). Both books are good at giving you a different view of the mall. Another resource is an article titled"The Magic of the Mall" by Jon Goss.
In my opinion, the mall has replaced the downtown in many suburban communities. The mall is much more than a place of consumption. It has become a private space masquerading as a public space. How could the mall be the catalyst to pull the community back together? This could be a possible way of looking at the mall. Just last year I read about an interesting trend where a developer is building a mall that includes housing above the stores. People were lining up to buy these dwellings.
If you are going to use this as a thesis, you need to be able to communicate what you are doing in one sentence. Keep it simple. I personally think that this could be an interesting thesis topic.
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