It is assumed that consumption patterns and consumption behaviour must become more sustainable over the next 25 years.
There is an ongoing discussion about the shift from consuming products (including resources such as energy and water) to consumption that is more service orientated. This may be in the form of functional provisioning where by results rather than products are sold or alternative products and service arrangements, such as more localised food provisioning.
As a part of this shift retail may also become more service orientated. The current distributed system may evolve / change / become more efficient and more localised. Designing may become a practice of ‘re-design’. The premise of this studio is that the architecture of the shopping also must change. If the very nature of how we consume changes, how do our shopping practices and spaces reflect and augment such change?
Sustainability activity represented through architecture.
Production Consumption Interchange
How could shopping centres provide social spaces that encourage reflective consumption?
How might shopping centres be reconfigured / redesigned to increase efficiency and reduce impulse-buying?
Shifting work- and recreation spaces into the defunct carparks of suburban transport hubs.
Using existing public transport infrastructure to move material waste around the city.