A small village transformed by the addition of a motorway, Switzerland’s first shopping mall, the largest Rangierbahnhof in the region, one of the biggest Wohnsiedlung in Switzerland, the first IKEA outside of Scandinavia. American suburbia meets Swiss suburbia meets Swedish suburbia.
Now we are asked to make Spreitenbach a city. What if it doesn’t want to become a city?
No connections exist between these parallel structures, instead keeping an awkward distance from each other. In a hypothetical future, the mall extends across the valley and transversally connects all the actors together. Not a polite co-existence anymore, but rather cohabitation; intercourse. Like an old couple that don’t sleep with each other anymore, we need to spice up their relationship.
“Suburbs dream of violence. Asleep in drowsy villas sheltered by benevolent shopping malls, they wait patiently for the nightmares that will wake them into a
more passionate world.”
- J.G. Ballard, Kingdom Come, 2006