Category: Reuse

Cenotaphs of lost societies

6 December, 2013 (09:00) | Abandonment, Buildings, History, Housing, Obsolescence, Reuse, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   Not only do physical spaces express who we are, they also evoke who we expect others to be as well – and while today’s spaces seem unremarkable to us, as time passes and our tastes and technologies change, the unchanging but gradually decaying past space serves as a haunting reminder of […]

Scenes from a mauling

4 May, 2011 (13:15) | Housing, Malls, Markets, Retail, Reuse, Shopping centers, Speculation, Urbanization, US News | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith    America has more shopping centers and malls than it will ever need again in its history – and that massive devaluation of an asset class will remake our cities, our suburbs, and much of the transport infrastructure linking the two.   Probably hummed when Pac-Man was new   Before the […]