Alexandra Lange on Mall Nostalgia, Romance Novels, and Twitch
The design critic and author of the new book “Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall” talks about a few of her media go-tos.
June 24, 2022
11 minute read
A recurring theme in design critic Alexandra Lange’s work is unpacking how—and for whom—objects and spaces are designed. She explored the unspoken messages of office buildings for Apple, Facebook, and Google in her 2012 e-book The Dot-Com City, and surveyed how kids’ toys and physical environments impact their development in her 2018 book, The Design of Childhood. The ways in which outdoor public spaces, with their basketball courts, playgrounds, and skate parks, fail teen girls was the subject of a story she wrote for Bloomberg CityLab—one of many publications she has contributed to over the past two-plus decades.
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