Monday, 27 February 2017 15:12

Is China finally ditching the mega mall?

Xintiandi, home to a two-week design festival at this year’s Design Shanghai, laid the ground for a new wave of developments that mix retail, cafes and public space

Published in Features
Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

Has China radicalised the shopping mall?

Over the past 20 years, the mall has become a mainstay of east Asia’s explosive drive towards urbanisation. But architect Nicholas Jewell, author of a book about shopping malls in China, questions how much the typology has really changed

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

The supermarket of tomorrow

Carlo Ratti Associati’s latest project is the “Future Food District” – a 7,000sq m experimental, working supermarket situated in the heart of Milan’s Expo grounds. David Michon spoke to the designer about how he thinks data and information can enrich the shopping experience

Published in Features
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:59

Rem Koolhaas: Junkspace

In 2001, Rem Koolhaas put a name to the soulless, mallified space that was spreading virus-like across the planet. His rambling, witty essay still serves as a powerful lament for modern architecture.

Published in NEWS
Monday, 23 September 2013 11:00


Could a confident and witty rebrand help to remind the sourdough-obsessed classes of the value of cheap groceries?

Published in Rethink
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:36

Icon 124: Shopping

September is the biggest month in London’s design calendar and this month we bring you the biggest ever edition of Icon – on Shopping. 6A Architects has designed a flagship store for Paul Smith and Zaha Hadid is moving into retail. We explore Amazon’s gargantuan distribution sheds, talk to Industrial Facility and ask how the British High Street can survive. And the Icon Design Trail brings you the best of LDF. 


Published in NEWS

Barcelona’s former bullfighting arena is now home to the bloody yet bright spectacle of Rogers Stirk Harbour’s mall.

Published in News
Friday, 09 July 2010 08:19

Spintex Road

All of life is here. Spintex Road, Accra, Ghana, is a six-and-a-half mile stretch of semi-industrial thoroughfare that runs from the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange (purportedly the largest in Africa) to the coastal port of Tema.

Published in Features