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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, David P.
dc.creatorJander, Jan Marlon
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:02:58Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:02:58Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/17691
dc.description.abstract This thesis searches to understand the impact of the big box through a reading of vacant ones. "No trespassing" and "no parking" signs surrounding parking lots of abandoned stores begin to tell the story of the big box. It has a changing lifecycle and many across the country have shifted out of their original retail cycles into dormant cycles that ban visitors. These closed stores no longer offer their ubiquitous, air-conditioned, windowless interiors and aisles of merchandise for shoppers. Instead, they are void spaces in our landscape. Some stores have been empty for more than ten years, while other stores have closed after being built only five years earlier. This thesis explores the extent of the big box's social, political, economic, and cultural influence, through its lifecycle as a retailer and as a dormant void, in cities and suburbs across our global landscape.
dc.format.extent 180 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectGeography
Architecture
dc.title Big, bigger, vacant
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Architecture
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Architecture
dc.identifier.citation Jander, Jan Marlon. "Big, bigger, vacant." (2004) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/17691.


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