Review by C.J. Bunce

Was there any rhyme or reason to the design of the American shopping mall?  In one sense it’s an entirely obscure subject: the chapter of the history of architecture with respect to the rise and fall of American shopping malls.  But architecture critic Alexandra Lange gives the kind of treatment you’d expect from a college course on the subject of her new book, Meet Me by the FountainLike most of the hundreds of millions who have visited shopping malls, if you haven’t heard of the influence on design of Victor Gruen, get ready for your introduction.  Before you jump into this book, you probably want to know what you’re getting into.

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