I Can't Stop Looking at This Dead Mall's Abandoned Food Court

Malls that were once active but have since been abandoned ("dead malls") are fascinating relics of greed, consumerism, and our increasingly antiquated analog way of life that required actual motion through space to get the material possessions we don't need, per se, but covet. They're also creepy and kind of sad, if you… » 2/13/14 1:54pm 2/13/14 1:54pm

People Are Identifying Themselves In These 1980s Mall Photos

"So your gonna think this sounds crazy but im sooo sure that im the guy in picture 11 on the article," read the email that photographer Michael Galinsky received from Jamie Rutina. "You cant see my face cuz im looking down at something, but I know its me, the hair is mine, the coat, the stance/mannerism. I was 20 yrs old… » 11/18/13 1:49pm 11/18/13 1:49pm

11 Photos of 1980s Malls That Will, Like, Totally Blow Your Mind

Of the thousands of images that photographer Michael Galinsky took in malls during the summer of 1989, this one really seems to strike a nerve, but not necessarily because of the big bangs and acid-washed leggings, he says. "I get so many comments about Tape World." Memories of lost stores and dubious fashions abound in … » 11/11/13 3:20pm 11/11/13 3:20pm

What Kenya's Mall Siege Reveals About the Urban Future of War

A 2003 article in the Military Review has proven darkly prescient with last weekend’s terrorist siege of an indoor shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Written by two retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonels, the piece outlines the emergence of modern-day siege warfare tactics, or the invasion of large architectural… » 9/25/13 4:17pm 9/25/13 4:17pm

An Urban Farm In the Most Unlikely Location: A Shanghai Mall

We’re smack dab in the middle of a golden age when anything you could possibly want can be ordered online and delivered straight to your door. Even if you dare venture beyond the sofa to shop, your first stop probably isn't that stifling bastions of oppressive consumerism (and zombie flick backdrop)—the mall! In… » 9/18/13 11:40am 9/18/13 11:40am

Designers Turn an Abandoned Victoria's Secret Into a Temporary Workshop

This spring, when City Council voted to demolish the mall at South Street Seaport, they announced that current tenants would be allowed to stay until the summer's end. But many anchor stores chose to move out earlier—and two designers from Brooklyn were determined to take advantage of the abandoned store space. » 9/02/13 2:30pm 9/02/13 2:30pm

This Abandoned Mall Is Perfect for Your Zombie Back to School Shopping

Labor Day sales can be frightening things indeed, so it's a perfect time to look at this scary abandoned mall in St. Louis. After 55 years in business, Crestwood Court started closing its stores in 2006, eventually shutting its doors for good last month. Digital artist Dan Wampler photographed the slowly dilapidating… » 8/30/13 1:00pm 8/30/13 1:00pm

Sears Plans To Retrofit 2,500 "Ghostbox" Stores As Data Centers

There are over a billion square feet of vacant commercial space in the US right now, most of it in the form of big box stores. This being America, we’ve come up with plenty of intelligent ways to reuse the department stores at which we can no longer afford to shop: Churches. Parks. Clinics. And now, data centers. » 5/29/13 4:20pm 5/29/13 4:20pm

A Surreal Jaunt Through the Largest Mall in North America


The West Edmonton Mall is the largest mall in North America, a five-million-square-foot-waterslide-and-roller-coaster-filled alternate reality where Albertans can escape brutal winters and mosquito-clouded summers. But in "Waterpark," the directorial debut of Canadian filmmaker Evan Prosofsky, the mall is cast as a… » 4/24/13 12:40pm 4/24/13 12:40pm

New Mall Camera System Can Guess Your Age, Gender, and Class

Soon, when you go to the mall, the jerks who work in the stores won't be the only ones judging you based on your appearance. A new $19,000 camera system currently being tested in Japan purports to be able to guess your gender, age, and even your social class merely by appearance. It determines this by comparing how you … » 10/03/07 3:30pm 10/03/07 3:30pm