Architect Africa reports that Mamelodi Shopping Centre is now under construction, with completion due in late 2011.
Is there really no alternative to this? A string of giant, faceless boxes in a sea of parking. With no connectedness to its urban context. South African architects and developers are capable of so much more. Aren’t they?
Room Without a View from The Naked Architect.
Contextually this mall is as absurd as the developments surrounding it. This constant reassurance that the area is now vibrant and young, with new energy and market power, does little to squelch our insecurities. Where are the parks and playgrounds, the open entertainment venues ? Does the mall not consume this enormous void and create a false sense of validation for the entire development?
Sarah Calburn’s article on Mail & Guardian Online finally prompted me to start what I’ve been considering for a while.