Margaret Crawford explores architecture’s relationship to consumer society and the avant garde’s relationship to architecture. She explores the parallels between the Situationist International movement–especially Guy Debord and Ivan Chtcheglov–and the development of the Shopping Mall in the USA, and the ideas of Victor Gruen, mall designer. She argues that Situationist ideas of “constructing the metaphorical city” live on in mall design.
Video Archive | Consumerism (2)
Marquis discusses projects for the elderly, as well as rehabilitating crime-ridden public housing. His involvement in socially engaged projects provided him the opportunity to participate in the planning and construction of the Commodore Sloat School in San Francisco. Actively engaging the users in the design process led to a result that reflected their needs. Circulation determined form, and created a city-like organization within the design.