To the Rhythm of Shopping: On Rhythmic and Territorial Stabilisations of Public Space in Urban Retail Environments
Summary, in English
For the last decades, retail areas have tended to grow larger and more legible, whereas a lot of stores in residential areas have been forced to close. The stores of the city centre tend to concentrate to certain streets or pedestrian precincts. However, in addition to this we have the seemingly contradictive tendency of retail deterritorialization and spreading, in order to make use of public places, such as railways stations, bus stations, museums, libraries, etc. In this article, I use Malmö as an example. Malmö has been quite successful (in a Swedish context) during the last decade, with an increasing number of customers and stores. Here, we do not just have the territorialization and consolidation of (for example) the centre as a shopping district, but also retailers that try to organize and in different ways synchronize commercial rhythms with important urban rhythms and mobilities of everyday life. These two trends of territorialization and synchronisation both feed and counteract each other in different ways.
The article makes use of Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis as well as a territorial analysis (Kärrholm, 2004, 2005) in an effort of first identifying and defining these current trends of the retail environment (in Malmö). I then go on to focus mainly on the neglected but influential aspect of synchronization in order to discuss some of the ways in which affect territorial production and public life, i.e. supporting certain urban rhythms, uses and identities while undermining others.
- Department of Architecture and Built Environment
- Building Technologies
- urban design
- architectural theory
- public space
6th European Urban and Regional Studies Conference
- Territories of Consumptions - design and territorial control in urban commercial spaces
- Department of Architecture & Built Environment