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Downward Spiral: El Helicoide’s Descent from Mall to Prison

Lisa Blackmore, University of Essex

March 6, 2019 · 12:00 pm1:20 pm EST · 216 Aaron Burr

Program in Latin American Studies

Hailed in the 1950s as a beacon of Latin America’s modernist architecture, Venezuela’s El Helicoide is a futuristic fantasy gone sour. At its conception, this drive-through shopping center embodied a narrative of progress, fueled by soaring oil prices, consumerism, and car culture. Yet a very different story unfolded on its spiral ramps.

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