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How to Design in a “Dead Mall” Era

Erin Tallman
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After over a decade of living in a “dead mall” era, architects and designers remodel the mall concept to better meet our shopping needs today. Find out more in our Q&A with Andrew Bromberg, global design principal at Aedas.

When Amazon and eBay launched in 1995, no one could anticipate what would happen next. The outstanding growth of internet users since 2000 caused commercial spaces to start going out of style, and fast.

As early as 2002, according to a report by the Solimar Research Group, some businessmen transitioned quickly away from commercial use of the building and transformed the abandoned space into a micro-housing solution.

In parallel to the micro-living conversion, a new model of the shopping mall was offered which includes bringing natural landscape into the interior, offering entertainment in innovative ways and developing a mixed-use space.

How is the shopping mall surviving in its original form, as a brick-and-mortar commerce space? Here’s advice from Andrew Bromberg, global design principal at Aedas, on how to design in a “dead mall” era.

Photo credit: Johnny Joo
Photo credit: Johnny Joo

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The Star in Singapore designed by Andrew Bromberg. Courtesy of Andrew Bromberg at Aedas.

The Star in Singapore designed by Andrew Bromberg. Courtesy of Andrew Bromberg at Aedas.

Floor plan of The Star in Singapore designed by Andrew Bromberg. Courtesy of Andrew Bromberg at Aedas.

Beijing shopping center designed by Andrew Bromberg. Courtesy of Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

Beijing shopping center designed by Andrew Bromberg. Courtesy of Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

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