The Clever Construction of the World’s Largest Retailer

From Stewart Hicks.

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This video explores the design and impact of Walmart, the largest retailer on earth. With stores covering more land than Manhattan, Walmart’s vast network includes various formats like Sam’s Clubs, Supercenters, Walmarts, Discount Centers, and Neighborhood Markets. The company controls a significant share of the built environment, optimized for the distribution of goods and capital generation. Despite their ubiquitous presence, most people are unaware of what goes into Walmart stores or why they are the way they are. The video delves into the history of Walmart’s self-service retail model, its distribution centers, and the importance of data flow. It also examines the design elements of Walmart stores, the adaptable exteriors, and the flexible interior spaces.

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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events breakdown a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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