Published: 10 February 2005
The anti-mall, the new mall, the vertical mall â€“ shopping centres never cease changing, and an article by Deborah Grossberg in The Architect’s Newspaper â€“ New York architecture & design runs through some recent changes in a city where there isn’t always room to spread in true suburban fashion.
She goes back to the inward-focused mall of Victor Gruen in 1956, the Southdale centre in Minnesota, forward to Harlem USA and the transparency introduced by the Vornado Realty Trust at its Union Square development. Well illustrated, too.
“A glass â€˜tower’ of circulation is meant to draw street traffic up from the Union Square transport hub, and Falk located the escalators within the 3-storey Filene’s Basement flush with floor-to-ceiling glass walls facing Union Square. â€˜It’s like you’re in the park,’ said JJ Falk of JJ Falk design.”
In a separate Planetizen piece on malls, a Washington Post article by staff writer Peter Whoriskey has the owners of Tysons Corner Centre, planning to double its size to 460,000mÂ² and transform it into a small city, surrounded by mid-sized office, hotel & residential buildings.
It’s owned by Wilmorite Inc & Alaska Permanent Fund Corp, which have a 10-year expansion plan which would make the mall the main centre of northern Virginia.
Websites: Architect’s Newspaper, Mall city