The Lonesome Crowded Shopping Malls of the 1980s

When discussing street photography, locations like New York City or Los Angeles probably spring to mind. A less obvious setting is that icon of late 20th-century capitalism: the shopping mall. Stephen DiRado roved the halls of his local mall in the 80s and captured stunning portraits of the denizens within. » 10/20/14 4:32pm Monday 4:32pm

7 Dead Shopping Malls That Found Surprising Second Lives

The American mall is a dead and dying creature, its demise chronicled in photos that fill up entire websites and books. Not all malls, however, have to end up so sad and empty. When the shoppers are gone, these are still colossal pieces of infrastructure that can be repurposed, as medical complexes and churches and… » 9/18/14 9:00am 9/18/14 9:00am

Moscow's Replica of Times Square Looks Startlingly Realistic

Russia might not be doing much business with the US government right now, but that doesn't mean it's not interested in the foremost symbol of consumerism in America. VEGAS Crocus City, a Moscow mall, has unveiled a surprisingly realistic model of Times Square. It even features the forever-swamped TKTS podium—now… » 6/09/14 1:38pm 6/09/14 1:38pm

This Abandoned Wasteland Was Once America's Largest Mall

The life and death of the American mall is a familiar story by now. A few decades ago, these shrines to consumerism dotted suburbia, only to be denied relevance by a push back towards city centers. But few images express the scale of this trend as much as those in Black Friday: The Collapse of the American Mall. » 5/27/14 10:00am 5/27/14 10:00am

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… » 2/13/14 1:54pm 2/13/14 1:54pm

For Retailers, Today Really Is the Shittiest Day of the Year

You've heard of Black Friday, the darkest day for American capitalism; Cyber Monday, where everyone gets out their latent shopping aggression online; now there's even Grey Thursday, as retailers open on Thanksgiving Eve to get an edge on the competition. But, friends, have you heard of Brown Friday? » 11/29/13 11:00am 11/29/13 11:00am

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… » 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… » 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