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June 2, 2008

Rethinking America's stripmalls

  • A design by Seattle's Miller/Hull Partnership is one of 10 finalists in an Arizona contest that challenges designers to come up with new uses for those ubiquitous small shopping strips.
  • By SHAWNA GAMACHE
    Journal Staff Reporter

    Rendering by Miller/Hull Partnership [enlarge]
    In this remaking of a Scottsdale strip-mall, large plant trays are suspended above surface parking to reduce the heat island effect. City sewer water is treated on-site to irrigate crops for biofuels and textiles. Rainwater capture irrigates food-quality crops.

    Can a strip-mall be reborn as a community gathering space and still retain its original use?


     
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