Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development

Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development

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by Robert J. Gibbs
     
 

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"...Extraordinary: Gibbs has popped the hood and taken apart the engine of commercial design and development, showing us each individual part and explaining fit, form and function."
Yaromir Steiner, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Steiner + Associates

"...the most comprehensive and expansive book ever written on the subject of Retail Real

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"...Extraordinary: Gibbs has popped the hood and taken apart the engine of commercial design and development, showing us each individual part and explaining fit, form and function."
Yaromir Steiner, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Steiner + Associates

"...the most comprehensive and expansive book ever written on the subject of Retail Real Estate Development.  Gibbs is by far the most prominent advocate for reforming retail planning and development in order to return American cities to economic and physical prominence."
Stefanos Polyzoides, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists

The retail environment has evolved rapidly in the past few decades, with the retailing industry and its placement and design of "brick-and-mortar" locations changing with evolving demographics, shopping behavior, transportation options and a desire in recent years for more unique shopping environments.

Written by a leading expert, this is a guide to planning for retail development for urban planners, urban designers and architects. It includes an overview of history of retail design, a look at retail and merchandising trends, and principles for current retail developments.

Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development will:

  • Provide insight and techniques necessary for historic downtowns and new urban communities to compete with modern suburban shopping centers.
  • Promote sustainable community building and development by making it more profitable for the shopping center industry to invest in historic cities or to develop walkable urban communities.
  • Includes case studies of recent good examples of retail development

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"Robert J. Gibbs, a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, looks at what it takes to build a shopping center that thrives. He outlines every ingredient, from business models. . . and structure. . . to storefront design and parking." (Landscape Architecture Magazine, May 2012)

"Every component of this book is organized systematically. Gibbs conveys his expertise with rigorous clarity. This guide should prove invaluable for anyone who wants to do retail in a way that adds to a community's character and also makes economic sense." (Better! Cities & Towns, March 2012)

"His book will be most useful to private-sector planners and those who work with public-private partnerships. But the material it contains will also be helpful to public planners dealing with zoning issues." (Planning Magazine, March 2012)

"The book has chapters on big topics like lease language and making smart use of anchor tenants." (Shoppingcenterreporter.com, February 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470488225
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
953,092
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TOConnor More than 1 year ago
In order to successfully navigate the current unsettled waters of retail development, it is important to understand the various forces that are in play. 'Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development' should serve as an essential Retail Planning Guide for today's and tomorrows retail developers, urban planners and architectural designers. Gibbs brings together the planner's sensitivity to urban scale and complexity, the architect's penchant for context and aesthetics, and the merchant's goals of "closing the deal. This book provides a comprehensive overview of basic retail principles ranging from business models, visual merchandising and development finance to current urban design concerns, sustainability and relevant case studies-an excellent and fascinating read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, well organized and structured book. Gibbs does a masterful job of outlining all of the key planning and development concepts for retail. Whether you are a planner, city administrator or in real estate development, you will benefit from this informative book. You will gain a greater understanding of how retail works and more importantly what makes for successful retail in an urban area. If every city and town in America applied the principles Gibbs outlines in his book, we would be in a better place. I plan on using the book as a reference guide for years to come and I am looking for forward to another book from Gibbs.