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.
Luca Tamini is Associate Professor in Urban Planning at Politecnico di Milano. Head of Research Lab URB&COM - Retail and Town Planning, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (www.urbecom.polimi.it). His research topics are about regulation of urban retail services, district planning policies, strategies to re-activate vacant spaces.
Re-Activation strategies: experiences from Europe and USA.- What future for vacant retail spaces? Recent experiences in Italy.- Re-activate retail spaces: a toolbox for strategies, policies and pilots.- Conclusions.