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Though the critics who have doubted consumption's capacity to deliver economic growth and associated improvements in living standards appear to be vindicated by the global financial crisis of 2008, the question of how to critically describe or theorize the relationship between consumption and architecture at the end of postmodernism remains open.

Figure 10.1 (Below) Prada Epicenter, New York, OMA and ‘Prada Vomit’ mural by 2×4. (2×4)

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, ‘consumption’ encompasses an expansive collection of practices. We consume money, nature, things, ideas, atmospheres, experiences and architecture. Some of the recent considerations of those practices have begun to reposition the term and its intellectual currency away from the simplistic, though widely-held, caricature of consumption as the global medium by which the unknowing masses ...

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