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  1. 1. Consumer Culture & the city <ul><li>Alex Button, Allison Chewter, Kristina Tang, Yougendran Thiyagarajah, Ezra Wasser </li></ul>
  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Consumer Behaviour & Impact on Urban Space </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>Importance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stores act as Landmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make up Urban Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate Social Interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Function Promotes Place </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Consumer Culture
  6. 6. Consumer Culture <ul><ul><li>Began in Late 20th Century: Symbol of Advanced Industrial Societies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design, Production & Use of Things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aestheticization of Consumer Goods Intensified Cultural Meaning </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Consumer Culture <ul><li>Rise in Culture Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Culture Increasingly Mediates Social Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast is Social Stratification </li></ul>
  8. 8. Consumer Culture <ul><li>Proliferation of “highly visible” spaces of consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Aestheticization of Public Space </li></ul><ul><li>Shape Urban Interaction and Sociability </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Brand
  10. 10. The Brand
  11. 11. The Brand <ul><li>Brandscaping: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization of Space by Brand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Themed Restaurants & Stores </li></ul><ul><li>Amplified Visibility </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Brand
  13. 13. The Brand <ul><li>Replacement of Old Department Stores </li></ul><ul><li>Used as Wayfinding Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Brand
  15. 15. The Brand <ul><li>3rd Places: Homes Away from Home </li></ul><ul><li>Social Segregation </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Shopping Mall
  17. 17. The Shopping Mall
  18. 18. The Shopping Mall <ul><li>Urban to Suburban Movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anchored by Branches of Downtown Stores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drained Investment from Downtowns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Furniture Simulates Downtown </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. The Shopping Mall
  20. 20. The Shopping Mall <ul><li>Social Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mall Walkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loitering Teens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Isolation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal Social Conduct in Stores </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. The Shopping Mall
  22. 22. The Shopping Mall
  23. 23. The Shopping Mall <ul><li>Perceived Safety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic Isolation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power Centres Perceived as Unsafe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family-Oriented Leisure Centre </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. The Shopping Mall
  25. 25. The Shopping Mall
  26. 26. Cultural Quarters, Urban Villages <ul><li>“Urban Villages and cultural quarters are organizer around the principle consumption, promoting various kinds of cultural goods and services including food, fashion, entertainment and housing.” (Bookman 267-8) </li></ul>
  27. 27. Cultural Quarters, Urban Villages Gastown, Vancouver Distillery District, Toronto Gay Village, Manchester Banglatown, London
  28. 28. Cultural Quarters, Urban Villages Soho, New York City Exchange District, Winnipeg
  29. 29. Cultural Quarters, Urban Villages <ul><li>Naturally Developed Village and Planned & Implemented Quarters are Different </li></ul><ul><li>Problems & Issues Associated with Quartering </li></ul>
  30. 30. Cultural Quarters, Urban Villages <ul><li>“In general the most successful cities contain the most culturally and socially diverse innovative spaces of consumption.” (Jayne, 2006, p. 23) </li></ul>
  31. 31. Questions <ul><li>How can shopping be a socially stratifying experience? </li></ul>
  32. 32. Questions <ul><li>What cities/areas are identified by things? </li></ul>
  33. 33. Questions <ul><li>Can power centres affect social cohesion? </li></ul>
  34. 34. Questions <ul><li>Has social space moved from the public space to the private mall? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Questions <ul><li>Think of a cultural quarter or urban village in your home town. </li></ul><ul><li>What image does it have? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul>
  36. 36. Consumer Culture & the city <ul><li>Alex Button, Allison Chewter, Kristina Tang, Yougendran Thiyagarajah, Ezra Wasser </li></ul>
  37. 37. Thank You

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