Shopping Towns Europe, the second edition of the Architecture Cabinet, explores the introduction and dissemination of the regional shopping centre in Europe between 1945 and 1975.
Shopping Towns Europe demonstrates that – even though European shopping centres are often assumed to be no more than a straightforward American import – their concept and design often differed significantly from their cross-Atlantic counterparts. Through rich audio-visual illustrations of six paradigmatic European shopping centres, the expo explicates the key role that this commercial typology played in the post-war urban development of Europe, and also highlights how European shopping centres aimed to introduce new conceptions of collectivity into citizens’ everyday lives.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Janina Gosseye (University of Queensland) and Prof. Tom Avermaete (TUDelft) and draws on findings from the eponymous book Shopping Towns Europe, which is set to appear in January 2017.
open from Wednesday to Sunday from 14.00 to 18.00 hours and at evening performances, closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays
admission: €5 (-19 free)
(double ticket with Find myself a city to live in. De Smet Vermeulen architecten)
tickets for sale at the exhibition entrance
Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 8pm at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp - BE)
programme opening (language: English)
- Welcome by Christoph Grafe (director Flanders Architecture Institute)
- Lecture ‘Milton Keynes and Shopping Towns Europe’ by Janina Gosseye (University of Queensland)
- Debate with Christopher Woodward (architect Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes/ UK), Hilde Heynen (Professor of Architectural Theory - KU Leuven), Tom Avermaete (TUDelft) and Janina Gosseye.
- visit exhibition and reception
production Flanders Architecture Institute and deSingel International Arts Campus
curators Janina Gosseye and Tom Avermaete
with the support of Flemish Government