As Postdoctoral Fellow at the City-Region Studies Centre I am currently curating an international design competition to re-imagine the strip mall.
News about the competition recently made the front page of the Edmonton Journal where they covered a submission to the competition by Industrial design student Larry Kwok and collaborator Jim Morrow who have come with an inventive model to diversify the current retail model for strip malls by recycling shipping containers:
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Initiated by the City-Region Studies Centre, University of Alberta, Strip Appeal is an ideas design competition intended to stimulate creative design proposals for the adaptive reuse of small-scale strip-malls (or mini-malls).
In many neighborhoods across North America, small 5-8 store strip-malls, once anchors of local retail activity, have become today’s suburban blights: envisioned as community hubs of consumption and services, many of these places are being abandoned, becoming underutilized and dilapidated as the services move out of local neighborhoods in favour of larger-scale shopping districts serving greater catchment areas.
We ask: how might the small-scale strip be reinvented and redeveloped to local advantage?
With creative thinking and design experimentation, we believe there are many ways to transform these ever-present yet ailing built forms to promote walkability, sustainability and community as suburban experience.
The winning and shortlisted submissions will form a travelling exhibit, with accompanying bookwork, that will tour planning departments and architecture/design schools across North America.
The deadline is Nov 30th 2011.
For more info and to download a competition brief visit the Strip Appeal website www.strip-appeal.com