This symposium will take place at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TUDelft (The Netherlands) on 11-12 June 2015.

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8.00 – 9.00: registration
9.00 – 9.30: welcome by Janina Gosseye  and Tom Avermaete

THEME: Acculturating the Shopping Centre: Timeless global phenomenon or local (time-and place bound) idiom?
Session chair: Bruno De Meulder
9.30 – 10.00: Nicholas Jewell – ‘Eastern Promises’
10.00 – 10.30: Esra Kahveci & Pelin Yoncaci – ‘Revisiting Jameson: From Bonaventure to Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Mall’
10-30 – 11.00: discussion
11.00 – 11.30: coffee break
11.30 – 12.00: Cynthia Susilo – ‘BCP Manado: Trickled-down globalization versus a catalysed superlocal’
12.00 – 12.30: Scott Colman – ‘Westfield’s Architecture, from the Antipodes to London’
12.30 – 13.00: discussion

13.00 – 14.00: lunch

THEME: Building Collectives and Communities: Shopping Centres and the Reform of the Masses
Session Chair: Helena Mattson
14.00 – 14.30: Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi – ‘Gruen and the Legacy of CIAM’
14.30 – 15.00: Sanja Matijevic Barcot & Ana Grgic – ‘Shopping as a Part of Political Agenda in Socialist Croatia, 1960-1980’
15.00 – 15.30: Jennifer Smit – ‘Guerilla-knitting in a regional shopping centre: re-stitching the contested nature of quasi-public space’
15.30 – 16.00: discussion
16.00 – 16.30: coffee break
16.30 – 17.00: Tom Avermaete, Bruno De Meulder, Janina Gosseye & Helena Mattsson – closing remarks

17.00 – 18.00: keynote address by David Smiley – ‘Modern Infrastructures, With Shopping’
19.30 – …: conference dinner


08.00 – 08.30: Registration

THEME: From Node to Stitch: Shopping Centres and urban (re)development
Session chair: David Smiley
08.30 – 09.00: Il Lee, Joohyun Park & Hyemin Park – ‘The Role of the Mixed Use Mega-Shopping Mall in Urban Planning and Design’
09.00 – 09.30: Joonwoo Kim – ‘Life Revolution by a Modern Shopping Centre: The Sewoon Complex in Seoul’
09.30 – 10.00: discussion
10.00 – 10.30: coffee break
10.30 – 11.00: Rana Habibi – ‘The Domesticated Shopping Mall in Modern Tehran: The 1975 (re)development of Ekbatan’
11.00 – 11.30: Viviana d’Auria – ‘Re-centering Tema: Form Isotropic Commercial Centres to an Infrastructure of Street-Vending’
11.30 – 12.00: discussion

12.00 – 13.00: keynote address by Helena Mattsson – ‘Welfare State Consumption in Crises: Shopping and Resistance’
13.00 – 14.00: lunch

THEME: The Afterlife of Post-war Shopping Centres: From Tumorous Growth to the Dawn of the Dead
Session Chair: Dirk van den Heuvel
14.00 – 14.30: Gabriele Cavoto & Giorgio Limonta – ‘Shopping Centres in Italy: New Polarities and Deadmalls’
14.30 – 15.00: Vittoria Rossi – ‘Strategies for a Contextual De-malling in USA Suburbs’
15.00 – 15.30: Conrad Kickert – ‘The Other Side of Shopping Centres: Retail Transformation in Downtown Detroit and The Hague’
15.30 – 16.00: discussion
16.00 – 16.30: coffee break
16.30 – 17.30: Tom Avermaete, Janina Gosseye, David Smiley & Dirk van den Heuvel – closing remarks


Keynote speakers
David Smiley

David Smiley teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. A practicing architect and historian, Smiley edited Redressing the Mall: Sprawl and Public Space in Suburbia (National Endowment for the Arts, 2002), a projective study for the re-use of “dead malls.” His book Pedestrian Modern: Shopping and American Architecture, 1925–1956 (Minnesota, 2013) elucidates the heretofore unrecognized significance of store and shopping center design to modernist architectural and urban tenets in the United States. Smiley has written about architecture, housing, cities and suburbs in Perspecta, Lotus, Journal of Architectural Education and the Journal of Urban History. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Smiley currently serves as the Board Chair for the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a New York based nonprofit organization that uses graphic design and art to demystify urban planning and policies, and increase meaningful community participation.

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Helena Mattson

Helena Mattsson is an architect and Associate Professor at KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm. Her research focuses on the role of architecture in the formation of the welfare state and its modern citizen. She has written extensively on architecture, art and culture, and is the editor of (with S.O. Wallenstein) Swedish Modernism – Architecture, Consumption and the Welfare State (2010), Kalmar Stortorg (2006) and 1% (2006). She has contributed to several anthologies such Architecture and The Welfare State (London: Routledge, 2014); Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture (Zürich: Lars Müller Publisher, 2014); Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories (Oxford: Berg Publisher, 2012). Her doctoral thesis Arkitektur och konsumtion: Reyner Banham och utbytbarhetens estetik (Architecture and consumption: Reyner Banham and the aesthetic of expendability) was published in 2004. Currently Mattsson is working on the project The Architecture of Deregulations: Postmodernism and politics in Swedish architecture and she is a member of the Steering Committee for the Strong Research Environment Architecture in Effect (KTH). She is an editor for the culture periodical SITE, and one of the initiators of the association Action Archive.



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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