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Pedestrian Modern: Shopping and American Architecture, 1925-1956

David Smiley


Pedestrian Modern shows that stores and shopping centers were integral to the shaping of modernism in the middle decades of the 20th century. Rather than framing store work as some parallel or lesser realm of architectural work tied only to consumption or suburbanization, as is the typical view, this book shows that store and shopping center design work were described as uniquely fitting for the emerging tenets of modernist architecture. The typical view of the rise of shopping centers is also limited to the work of Victor Gruen and while he was a key figure, his work was part of a larger expe ... More

Keywords: modernism, modern architecture, store design, shopping centers, shopping malls, shopping districts, suburbanization, suburbs, pedestrianization, walkable city

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679294
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Smiley, author
Adj. Associate Professor, Columbia University