The 'death' of a shopping mall refers to its capital abandonment, despite what remains of its social functions. Though they were designed with profiteering motives, malls provided communities with a [mostly] public square and comfortable place to socialize. And, when a mall 'dies' and its big businesses go, opportunities open up to design for other uses and users. Like fallen logs, 'dead' malls can provide a substrate for new life. They can become testing grounds for programmatic exploration.
A.MASS was a publication started by Laura Schmitt-Hall to encourage drawing dialogue between students of Tyler School of Art. Beyond serving as an important artistic exercise, A.MASS also became a necessary platform for a student body demanding more from its administration. The rapidly produced publication amassed sketches driven by simple visual concepts and coupled them with speculations on architectural pedagogy.
The Knotted Grotto was commissioned by Project HOME in preparation for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September 2015. Conceived of as a container of prayer, sorrows and wishes, the project involved the construction of a dome-like structure and the collection of over 150,000 written sentiments. The design was a collaboration between Meg Saligman, Steam Chamber LLC and Elliott Lamborn.
Mixed media collaborative drawing exploring the Great Bear Lake Region of Canada's Northwest Territories, specifically the native communities ceremonial traditions and naming conventions.