The United Arab Emirates has announced its plan to build a "pedestrian city" — a gargantuan mall that will take up over 48 million square feet. Remarkably, the facility will feature a temperature-controlled domed retail street network that will extend for 4.3 miles (7 km).
These malls were once bustling hubs of commerce, but after a few years of neglect, they went from Mallrats to Dawn of the Dead. Now they would be the perfect sets for a movie where shoppers have been replaced by survivalists.
A 2003 article in the Military Review has proven darkly prescient with last weekend’s terrorist siege of an indoor shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Written by two retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonels, the piece outlines the emergence of modern-day siege warfare tactics, or the invasion of large architectural…
With all the malls and retail spaces dotting the American landscape, ruined malls could someday stand as memorials to modern society. Photographer Brian Ulrich documents abandoned and neglected retail spaces, including many that have already fallen into decay.