The Big Box Studio investigated the "urbanism" unique to big box retail. The challenge was to design the interface between the public realm and the algorithms by which the discount retail industry has become a dominant economic force. The studio developed a site transect to address this logisitics landcsape. Transect eco-tones, ranging from public street to store checkouts, constitute a complex urbanism governed by land use regulations, transportation and public utility codes, vehicular requirements, shopping patterns, and franchise protocols. The goal is to develop viable civic expressions within the generic development protocols of these non-place landscapes.
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