Strip Appeal was an ideas design competition and travelling exhibit, intended to stimulate and showcase creative design proposals for the adaptive reuse of small-scale strip-malls.
In many neighbourhoods across North America, small 5 to 8 store strip-malls, once anchors of local retail activity, have become today’s suburban blights. Envisioned as community hubs of consumption and services, many of these places are being abandoned, becoming underutilized and dilapidated as services move out of local neighbourhoods in favour of larger-scale shopping districts serving a greater catchment area. Long deplored for their inefficient use of space and lack of aesthetic appeal, strip malls are uncelebrated, unloved and often overlooked. At the CRSC, we believed it was time to rethink our relationship with the strip mall.
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