Rendered in courtesy of DIALOG.
HBO’s The Last of Us has taken the TV world by storm, with its season finale recently airing last Sunday. The show has brought to life the immensely popular and acclaimed video game series, placing viewers into a dire post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden world.
Following the journey of characters Joel, played by Pedro Pascal, and Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey, we see them undertake a cross-country trip where they encounter a range of landscapes and urban locations.
One of the most memorable is seen in the show’s seventh episode, “Left Behind,” set primarily in an actual vacant shopping mall. This location is Calgary’s Northland Village Mall, which has been partially closed since 2021 as it undergoes a redevelopment plan led by Toronto-based practice DIALOG.
The firm has recently shared renderings of the reimagined mall, depicting an open-air, mixed-use development. It will feature residential towers, walkable pathways, retail/office space, and more.
DIALOG also plans to use existing embodied carbon and node concept plans to preserve the original frame of the building and revitalize it.