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Mall City/Subway City: Hong Kong and New York's Consumer Landscapes

Mall City/Subway City: Hong Kong and New York's Consumer Landscapes

Glass Corner, Parsons East Building
General Public 

Hyper-dense projects in Manhattan, such as the Westfield World Trade Center/Brookfield Place/Fulton Center complex and the Hudson Yard/Highline nexus will bring the Asian vertical mall to New York — a city that up until now has shunned this type of development. What will this mean for New York City and its love of the subway and the street? This panel explores the consequences of these new developments and raise questions about cultural identity, architecture and urban life in the hyper dense socially mediated global city. It will compare new developments in New York with interlinked vertical mall complexes in Hong Kong, where they seamlessly connect to public transportation systems and feature spectacular atriums, plazas, yet set in stone a culture of leisure, tourism and consumerism.


Stefan Al, Associate Professor of Urban Design, Pennsylvania



Carol Willis, Director, Skyscraper Museum

David Grahame Shane, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University


Brian McGrath, Dean and Professor of Urban Design, Parsons School of Constructed Environments


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Sponsored by the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design.

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