👀 Malls. Really.
#32 | An ode to consumption
If a shopping mall exists in the metaverse, is it a shopping mall or a Meta Mall? I never thought I’d begin this post with a Meta reference, but here we are. I’ve always thought of malls as soulless, glamorous, better-lit avatars of expo centres. No? Just me then.
Apollodorus of Damascus, an engineer from Roman Syria and Emperor Trajan’s favourite builder, built the Trajan market, likely the world’s first enclosed shopping mall! Apollodorus died not from credit envy but from being punished to death for dissing Emperor Hadrian, who by the way, was not emperor when the dissing happened.