Thursday, September 9, 2010

When malls recreate forests

When malls recreate forests

But, Jordan, don't you think that malls (even the most beautifully designed ones) are also contributing to environmental degredation?

When I look at this photo, I recall Joni Mitchell's song, "Big Yellow Taxi":

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,
With a pink hotel, a boutique,
And a swinging hot spot.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em..."

I enjoy malls as much as anybody, especially for the aircon and relief from the heat. While I do find malls more pleasant if they have trees, grass, and mist, at the same time, I realize that malls are the epitome of consumerism -- one of the reasons there is enormous pollution and environmental damage throughout the world.

Moreover, even as we like to recreate forests in a mall, just outside in our streets and countryside, the government and corporations (mining, logging, etc.) think little about destroying trees and the environment as it suits them.


*Photo taken at Trinoma mall


  1. hehe. It just looks mysterious, but actually, it's the top area of Trinoma mall with the trees and artificial mist, where many families and couples like to walk around or sit and relax. :)

  2. this is a wonderful exercise... I like the concept

  3. Thanks, Luis! We appreciate the comment. :)