Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

Shopping Towns Europe

Thursday, 18 May 2017

On April 25th, the ‘Shopping Towns Europe 1945-1975’ exhibition opened in the Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi) in Antwerp, Belgium. This exhibition was co-curated by Janina Gosseye, post-doctoral research fellow at the ATCH Research Centre, UQ School of Architecture and Tom Avermaete, Professor of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Featuring six key European shopping centres and a detailed chronological overview of shopping centre development, the exhibition explores the role that shopping centres played in urban (re)development in post-war Europe, and examines how their architecture was designed to introduce new conceptions of collectivity into the Europeans’ everyday lives.

The exhibition was designed by Janina and encourages visitors to shop for information: every images in the exhibition can be taken home in a ‘shopping bag’ that is folded from the three large posters hanging in the centre of the exhibition space, which introduce the central themes of the exhibition.

‘Shopping Towns Europe’ has drawn significant interest from the media: the exhibition has been reviewed by both De Tijd and de Standaard, two of Belgium’s largest newspapers, and a radio interview is scheduled for May 15th, when the exhibition will be profiled in the radio show ‘Pompidou’ on the national radio-station Klara.

‘Shopping Towns Europe’ is on display until June 11th. For more information, visit https://www.vai.be/en/event/exhibition-architecture-cabinet-shopping-towns-europe