Preservation Book Club Author Talk with Alexandra Lange: Meet Me by the Fountain

Virtual event


Liz Waytkus

Alexandra Lange

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The Preservation League of New York State will host an Author Talk with Alexandra Lange to discuss her recent book, Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall. 

The book chronicles postwar architects' and merchants' invention of the mall, revealing how the design of these marketplaces played an integral role in their cultural ascent. In Lange's perceptive account, the mall becomes newly strange and rich with contradiction: malls are environments of both freedom and exclusion--of consumerism, but also of community. Meet Me by the Fountain is a highly entertaining and evocative promenade through the mall's story of rise, fall, and ongoing reinvention, for readers of any generation.

Following the presentation, Lange will be joined in conversation by Liz Waytkus, Executive Director of Docomomo US.

Alexandra Lange is a design critic. Her essays, reviews and profiles have appeared in numerous design publications including Architect, Harvard Design Magazine, and Metropolis, as well as in The Atlantic, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and the New York Times. She is a columnist for Bloomberg CityLab, and has been a featured writer at Design Observer, an opinion columnist at Dezeen, and the architecture critic for Curbed.

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