Designing For Shopping

John King reviews the 'Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping' -- The design of the city is really about shopping.
February 25, 2002, 6am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"This book emerges from Project on the City, a research group created by Koolhaas at the Harvard Design School. The second in a four-volume series analyzing urban changes, it argues that the drive to consume -- products, food, sensations -- has reshaped every nook and cranny of modern global society. From this perspective, the 20th century's most important urban designer was none other than Walt Disney, "whose yearnings for an idealized environment produced a series of, in retrospect, visionary moves that irreversibly transformed . . . an earlier architecture and urbanism into a new commercial nostalgia . . . adaptable everywhere."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Sunday, February 24, 2002 in The San Francisco Chronicle
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