Urban Suburban: Redefining the Suburban Shopping Centre and the Search for a Sense of Place

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Schram, Trevor




In today’s suburban condition, the shopping centre has become a significant destination for many. Not only a space for ‘purchasing’, the shopping centre has become a place to shop, a place to eat, a place to meet, a place to exercise – a social space. Today, suburban malls, which were once successful in serving their suburban communities, are on the decline. Malls are suffering financially as stores close and the community no longer has reason to attend these dying monoliths – it is with this that the mall eventually has no choice but to close. What if a declining mall could be re-defined to
enhance the community it stands within by reimagining the shopping mall? Are there possibilities for a reimagined shopping centre – possibilities that will resist the single minded consumerist approach and will (through other means) instill a sense of place within the community it stands?


Landscape Architecture




Carleton University

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