We attended the much anticipated Flip a Strip show at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday. I was underwhelmed. Maybe the smallish exhibit had more context the day before when the winning designers were able to explain how they re-imagined tired strip malls around Phoenix. But standing alone in the exhibit and left to make sense of it myself, it seems to me that very few of the entries (if any) were interested in following the homework assignment of re-structuring blah strip malls.
The entries either promoted a single facet of utopia or a dramatic shift in the principles of city planning. What was noticeably missing was the space in between where responsible Real Estate developers can take notes on how to clean up the multitude of forgotten intersections within cities built around the automobile.
Here’s some photos from over the weekend, a couple taken at SMoCA: