Sou Fujimoto describes his NA House of stacked, transparent boxes, and the unbuilt Souk Mirage project for the Mid-East.
Video Archive | Shopping malls (20)
Peter Zellner discusses a project to renovate a shopping mall to accomodate a wider range of retailers. Zellner describes his strategy of using existing circulation and objects in the site to generate geometric forms.
Peter Zellner discusses the current focus of his office, and their work in designing gallery spaces. He describes his design process, the relationship between art and architecture, and the relationship between designer and artist. Zellner ends with a question and answer session, in which he describes how geometries play out in his work.
George Yu presents a wide range of his recent projects, varying in scale from a gallery installation to a shopping center of over one million square feet. Yu divides the lecture into three distinct components, documenting work, living, and shopping spaces. He discusses extensively his successes and difficulties working in collaboration with clients. Finally, Yu discusses his office’s engagement with technology and design for interaction.
Yu presents a series of shopping mall projects, each with it’s own unique problems. The first entails the planning of custom layouts for 60 retail spaces while utilizing a common formal strategy. In the next project, for one of the largest retail operators in Japan, Yu documents the collaborative process with a client who wanted a more urban approach to the shopping mall typology. For this project, Yu imagines a flexible model where the tenant could expand beyond their leased envelope. The next project, located in Yongzhou, China, involves the integration of public space with shopping space. Finally, Yu recalls the process of working for a client with a specific vision for a project in Vancouver. Here, he encounters a new model where retail space is owned instead of leased. He defends his proposal which utilizes a courtyard model with plug-in modules.
Jon Jerde discusses some theoretical principles that have informed his latest work, stressing the importance of the field over the object. Jerde describes how his firm operates and how its identity has been established. He discusses globalism, coexisting cultures, and how this informs projects. He presents a series of projects built around the world. He describes his projects in Japan, including Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka, which included water and nature in a mixed-use center. Jerde examines the development of Universal CityWalk, stressing the establishment of a formal language that responds to the context of Los Angeles. He documents a master-planning project for the island of Mallorca, noting the historical context, geography, and the process of collaboration with a local architect.
Norman Klein introduces Jon Jerde as the most influential figure in shopping mall design in the last fifteen years.
Lars Lerup begins with a story about change and shifting. In 1967 Sweden switched from right hand traffic to left hand traffic. In slow motion, people witnessed the cars cross to the opposite side of the streep. Lerup’s point is to illustrate a shift urban culture: specifically the shift from the stability of buildings to the movement of traffic.