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Can Art Save Malls?

There is an interesting discussion floating around the design world about how simple, non technical installations in urban spaces, such as malls, can revitalize their space and approach to gaining more foot traffic. I heard about this issue back in 2014, designers would often sit around at lunch and say things like "No one is building new malls because online commerce is taking over..what do we do with these large buildings?" That is a hard question, what do you do with a space that is over 100,000 square feet? Some design and development companies are turning to the arts, finding new ways to offer more than jsut a space with business, they want to offer spaces that we feel happy to visit and not just because we bought new headphones.


Here are two links to the topic - please explore and let us know what you think?


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/arts/american-dream-mall-opening.html


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/05/01/magazine/meow-wolf-art-experience-economy.html


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/business/aventura-shopping-mall-entertainment.html


Cover photo: Seph Lawless

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