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Pioneering Shopping Malls

The retail shopping center is a familiar fixture of the American suburban landscape. Its ubiquity today obscures the fact that it represents a distinct architectural typology that has only recently emerged. It is a curious fact of history that many of the defining innovations of retail architecture originated in Texas. This is partially due to the fact that Texans embraced the automobile earlier than the rest of the country. Developers and the architects they teamed up with saw the uniqueness of the emerging urban condition and endeavored to create an appropriate architectural response that was later exported to the rest…