The Third Place

by Karin Fisslthaler / Bernd Oppl

The installation „The Third Place“ by Karin Fisslthaler and Bernd Oppl deals with the architectonic and social structure of the shopping mall in city centers. The current shift of these locations into the city centers is examined by taking the architecture of the first mall by Austrian architect Victor Gruen, built in the 1950s in Detroit and planned by him as the materialization of a social utopia and a compacted suburban space in the periphery, as a starting point. Karin Fisslthaler and Bernd Oppl address this change and the perception of shopping malls, as ostensively public spaces, particularly in respect of their function as abodes for youths, for whom the shopping center has to some extent replaced the street as place of experience, representation and perception, and also as test area of their own formation of identity.
Tags body, city, collective, conceptual, participative, research, public space
Technique Installation


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