Haste Makes Wasteland

We get blamed for strip malls, but L.A. invented ’em

Phoenix may be overrun with strip malls, but we didn’t invent them. In fact, Los Angeles is considered the real home of the mini-mall, a place designed for urban automobility, for grabbing a quick snack and doing some speedy shopping. L.A. architect John Kaliski, author of Everyday Urbanism, will discuss the micro-urbanism of the mini-mall and its evolution into what Kaliski calls a “minicity” in “Minicity: The Architectural and Urban Design of Convenience” at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The lecture compliments the museum’s “Flip-a-Strip” exhibit, which celebrates SMoCA’s first annual architecture and design competition, in which participants submitted renovation plans for some of our uglier local strip malls.
Wed., Nov. 5, 7 p.m., 2008

 
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