Dead malls and ghost boxes haunt this week's episode, featuring special guest and longtime 'Nector, Nam Henderson. Whether you're mourning or reveling in the dwindling population of the great American mall, their lifeless carcasses on the economic and urban landscape are starting to stink, and we have to deal with them somehow. With Nam as our spirit guide through the lost souls of dead malls, we discuss their future potentials within the suburban/urban environment, and grapple with their (perhaps bygone) social significance.
Nam also joins us for our discussion of very much alive-and-kicking news, including BIG taking over from Norman Foster as the designer for Two World Trade Center, and the ongoing student protests at Cooper Union. We also touch on the controversy surrounding CoContest, an Italian website for crowdsourcing design work, and its potentials for new models of architectural employment.
Listen to episode thirty-two of Archinect Sessions, "For in that death of malls, what dreams may come?":
The Tingler (1959) film, with "Percepto!" vibrating devices in select theater seats.
Depave Portland – "from parking lots to paradise"
Ellen Dunham Jones' Tedx talk, “Retrofitting suburbia”
Minneapolis ranks 18th in list of world's 20 most bike-friendly cities
James Biber’s blog post on professional ethics and the AIA