Can Underused Malls Help Build Healthy Communities?
In communities across the country, once-thriving shopping malls now stand vacant, their enormous parking lots devoid of activity other than the occasional graffiti. But what to do with these relics of the suburban retail boom? The question is becoming more urgent as the number of vacant or nearly vacant malls across the country continues to grow.
Through an internal design competition, we explored how context, history, and stakeholder priorities could lead to more values-driven and impactful design solutions for these vacant malls. We selected an underutilized and much-publicized big-box site that has experienced economic, social, and environmental challenges: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South Los Angeles.
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2022 NEWH Leadership Conference
DLR Group Principal Staci Patton will join the NEWH Conference, detailing the team's high-profile projects and strategies for standing out amidst social media noise.
Campus Design for Engagement and Equity
In this week’s Design is Everywhere podcast episode, we learn how institutions are designing equity into their decision-making process with DLR Group Senior Associate Linsey Graff.
CWRU’s Excellent New Expansion of Maltz Performing Arts Center
Last month, CWRU announced it completed an expansion of the Maltz Performing Arts Center, which includes a raked-seat and black box theater.
Reconnect: Design Strategies for a Post-Pandemic World
DLR Group's Kirby Zalameda, design director in our Dubai studio, leads a discussion on design strategies for a post-pandemic world.