With over five and a half billion square feet of retail space in the
United States today, there are those including star architect
Rem Koolhaas who believe that shopping has become our primary
cultural activity. In developing and designing the first of Prada's
three American "epicenter" stores, he equated the importance
of a store's architecture "with that of a museum or a church".
We want to hear your thoughts. How do your shopping experiences affect
your life? To what extent are those experiences changed by the architecture
of the places you choose to shop? Do you believe it is possible to analyze
and critique the culture you are immersed in? And is consumerism America's
Share your stories about shopping, architecture, and how you think
the two have affected your life and our society. Your submissions will
be posted here shortly.