Vol. 10 No. 1 (2022): Territories and power, a two-way relationship
Science in action

Evolution of means of consumption and urban transformation

Paolo Pecile
University of Florence, former professor at the Faculty of Architecture
Paris, France, construction work for the massive Forum des Halles shopping mall. Picture: Jmex via Wikimedia Commons.
Published March 1, 2022
  • postmodern society,
  • new forms and places of consumption,
  • ‘screaming’ architectures,
  • urban form,
  • e-commerce
How to Cite
Pecile, P. (2022). Evolution of means of consumption and urban transformation. Scienze Del Territorio, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-13403


The studies that highlight the central role of consumption in the so called ‘postmodern’ society make evident the effect that the prevalence of new means of consumption have on the image of cities and their very structure. The spectacularization of merchandise and the transformation of purchasing into new forms of experience produce a kind of screaming architecture that trivializes the perception of the architectural space and has a profound impact on the city, its appearance, its functions, its mode of exploitation and its own meaning. Finally, a situation is envisaged concerning the effects of the recent acceleration of e-commerce which could lead to the aggravation of the solitary habits of the consumer, depriving him of what remains of sociability in current retail spaces.


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