Köln: Taschen, 2001. Thick quarto, original flexible black plastic boards stamped in gilt. Several faint scratches to boards. Item #10028
First edition of this massive collection of essays, photographs, architectural plans, and maps documenting the evolution and experience of the modern retail space, with mostly dire implications. Pritzker-winning architect Rem Koolhaas contributes an impressionistic meditation on the mall: "The shiniest surfaces in the history of mankind reflect humanity at its most casual. The more we inhabit the palatial, the more we seem to dress down." A near-fine copy.