THE SHOPPING CENTRE, 1943-2013

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands | 11 – 12 June 2015

Conference convenors: Janina Gosseye & Tom Avermaete

In the seventy years that have passed since Victor Gruen and Elsie Krummeck first published their essay ‘Shopping Center’ in Architectural Forum, much has been written about this peculiar commercial typology; commonly depicting the shopping centre as a capitalist, consumerist shopping machine, depleted of any of the social or communal rewards that Gruen and Krummeck had originally envisioned. As a result, shopping centres have rarely entered the canonical histories of architecture, while the North American dumbbell mall has become the paradigmatic pars pro toto. This symposium aims for a more fine-grained, region-specific reading of the shopping centre, as well for a reassessment of its vital characteristics and crucial contributions to post-war built environments and architectural culture. We invite contributions that focus on one of the following four themes.

To download the conference poster, please click here.
To download the book of abstracts, please click here.

To register for the conference, please download the registration form by clicking here.
* Students of TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment can attend the lectures for free, but do need to register if they wish to participate in lunches and coffee breaks.


This symposium is organised by the Chair of Methods and Analysis at the TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, with the generous support of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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