Skip to main content

Über dieses Buch

This book presents an original methodology for analyzing urban retail systems, addressing the strong retail meltdown (increase in closed corner-shops and dead malls) that is severely affecting cities and suburban areas in Europe and the USA. Taking into account both spatial and regulative aspects, it offers a new approach to retailing and retail spaces developed within the urban planning field. The book describes international case studies together with solutions to the problem of vacant retail spaces, and provides a comprehensive toolbox of guidelines useful to local and regional governments facing the problem of retail meltdown. As such, it is of interest to architects, engineers, urban planners, decision-makers and government representatives. It also provides a valuable methodological reference resource for researchers engaged in this particular field of study.



Chapter 1. Re-activation Strategies, Experiences from Europe and USA

The chapter contains a sort of inventory of experiences in which urban and suburban retail weakening is contrasted and the re-activation of its spaces is sought. The cases are located in both Europe and the US and vary according to the moment of the process they involve. For each case, we introduce the specific situation/context and provide one or two examples that illustrate the ongoing dynamics, and the potential solutions to them. Several situations are described, in order to show the variety of approaches and proposals and, secondly, to compare the cases. For this purpose, the inventory is followed by a matrix aiming both to relate the different strategies to each other and to point out some innovative ways private operators and public bodies can resort to in order to develop their actions and programs.
Luca Tamini

Chapter 2. What Future for Vacant Retail Spaces? Recent Experiences in Italy

Italy is characterized by a peculiar situation, in which the retail sector crisis has been driven by the joint action of market saturation, horizontal competition and format obsolescence. These factors affect both suburban malls and urban retail systems, and impose that public administrations set up a governance framework in order to support existing activities and provide opportunities for vacant spaces and big boxes. This chapter describes the process of recognition of retail weakening, and introduces a set of answers promoted by local authorities. By the example of some studies and actions developed for the Lombardy and Veneto Regions, as well as for single municipalities, this section summarizes the integrated methodology implemented within a number of recent research studies.
Luca Tamini

Chapter 3. Re-activating Retail Spaces: A Toolbox for Strategies, Policies and Pilot Projects

The current appearance of vacancies and dead malls , which affects cities and suburban areas all across Europe and Italy, should be used as an opportunity to re-think the usual planning approach to retail and its spaces. An alternative model would pay more attention to both spatial and regulative aspects, as argued in the forthcoming paragraph. For this reason, we will then propose a toolbox including guidelines and policy approaches aimed at re-activating suburban big boxes and urban retail districts. The final part is devoted to highlighting the potential role of retail spaces as an engine to re-activate public life and local economies in contemporary cities, as well as a driver enhancing their attractiveness for inhabitants, city-users and tourists.
Luca Tamini


Weitere Informationen