Malls are Not Public Spaces: What #Rolezinhos Can Teach Us About Urban Design

In January, a Brazilian flashmob trend made international news. These rolezinhos saw young Brazilians, many of whom were black or from poorer areas, gather in shopping malls, causing debate on social media about the issues of race and class in Brazil. With the controversy quietening, now is a good time to look at one of the most important urban planning topics highlighted during the event: shopping malls as recreational spaces and their function in the city .

With shopping malls freely banning some people from entering, the ugly truth became impossible to ignore: malls are not public spaces. Despite seeming to be exactly this, these private enterprises can bar anyone without committing the crime of discrimination.

Continúe readmití in: ThisBigCity

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