The Surreal “Nature” of New Shopping Malls


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Welcome to our video on the problems with artificial nature in shopping malls! In this video, we’ll be discussing the ways in which the use of artificial nature in shopping malls can be harmful and problematic. We’ll take a look at specific examples like Big Snow, the artificial ski hill in the new American Dream mall, as well as others that might fly more under the radar. From the environmental impact of maintaining fake plants and trees, to the ways in which it can contribute to a sense of disconnection from the natural world, we’ll be exploring the various issues that come with the use of artificial nature in these settings. We hope you’ll join us as we delve into this important and timely topic!

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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events breakdown a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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