An Urban Device

The Grand Bazaar İstanbul Turkey

Satellite image of the Grand Bazaar (completed in 1730) in Istanbul. An urban device which connects many different geometries of exterior and interior corridors through a unifying enclosed theme of commerce. Almost like a key stone.

The way a shopping center ought to be instead of being a destination object reachable only through vehicular means. Right here in front of our eyes we have an exceptionally successful urban diagram, but we consistently implement the failed American model of an object like final-destination shopping center. Just a perfect example of Corbusier’s observation: “The eyes that look but do not see.” Luckily for us, the smart phone digitization and online commerce which comes with it will cause people to vacate, to a significant degree, these stupid building blocks of shopping, which are still being vigorously constructed all around highways as i write this.

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