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    3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN
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Open Daily: 10am - 10pm | Alley-side Pickup: 10am - 7pm
3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN
612-822-4611

Alexandra Lange presents Meet Me by the Fountain

Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
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Few places have been as nostalgized as malls. Since their birth in the 1950s, they have loomed large as centers of commerce and community. In their prime, they proved a powerful draw for creative thinkers such as Joan Didion, Ray Bradbury, and George Romero, who understood the mall's appeal as both critics and consumers. Today, amid the aftershocks of financial crises and a global pandemic, as well as the rise of online retail, the dystopian husk of an abandoned shopping center has become one of our era's defining images. Conventional wisdom holds that the mall is dead—but does it have a future? What is a mall really, and who is it for?

In Meet Me By the Fountain (on sale June 14, 2022), acclaimed design critic Alexandra Lange offers an eclectic history of the mall, grappling with their role in public life and popular culture. Lange reveals how design can create high-end tourist traps, middle-class errand hubs, sites of experimentation for teens, and accessible shopping and socializing for the elderly and disabled. Yet even as these sites appear like public space, they are built to both entice and exclude, and have been the subject of debates around protest and free speech. Still, Lange argues, the future of the mall can be as a true economic and community resource, one that can’t be replicated online.

 

Alexandra Lange is an architecture critic and the author of four previous books, including The Design of Childhood. Her writing has also appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and T Magazine, and she has been a featured writer at Design Observer, an opinion columnist at Dezeen, and the architecture critic for Curbed. She holds a PhD in twentieth-century architecture history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and has taught design criticism there and at the School of Visual Arts. She lives in Brooklyn. is an architecture critic and the author of four previous books, including The Design of Childhood. Her writing has also appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and T Magazine, and she has been a featured writer at Design Observer, an opinion columnist at Dezeen, and the architecture critic for Curbed. She holds a PhD in twentieth-century architecture history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and has taught design criticism there and at the School of Visual Arts. She lives in Brooklyn.

 

Kara Nesvig is a freelance writer based in St. Paul. She contributes to publications like Teen Vogue, Brides, Apartment Therapy and Mpls-St. Paul Magazine and works with a variety of brands across the fashion, food and beverage and wellness industries. She's a voracious reader, a Britney Spears super fan and mom to an 18-month-old son. Kara is obsessed with malls and shopping culture and cut her teeth working for the Len Druskin stores at nearly every local mall in some capacity, from the Galleria to the skyway to a year at MOA. Find her on IG and Twitter at @karanesvig.

 

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