Retail Centers

With the advent of the internet and online shopping, retail centers need to be more compelling than ever to draw people away from their computers and into physical stores. Design can capture the interest of potential shoppers, and pay off in a big way for business owners.
5 ingredients of successful mall design

Westfield Galleria at Roseville, near Sacramento, Calif., features an expanded indoor/outdoor promenade that became a centerpiece of a multimillion renovation led by architect Gensler and Westfield Design. That renovation increased the mall’s annual traffic by 46% and created a “brand” that more shoppers could relate to and want to frequent. Photo: Gensler/Sherman Takata

May 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Entertainment, dining, and leisure components, plus the latest technology, are now crucial to mak...

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Quick service restaurants evolving brand strategy to compete with fast casual

The original Wendy's restaurant in Downtown Columbus. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

May 20, 2015 | JLL

In the race for market share, quick service restaurant staples Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A implement...

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ULI forecast sees clear skies for real estate over next three years

City Creek at City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Uncle Alf via Wikimedia Commons

May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With asset availability declining in several sectors, rents and transactions should rise.

To succeed, malls must appeal to shopper lifestyles

Providing customers with dining options has become an important key to the success of shopping centers like the award-winning mall conversion known as The Street, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Photo: Michael Blanchard

May 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Malls and shopping centers are more effective as destinations when their tenant mix appeals to cu...

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Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district...

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Bigger, brighter daylighting in Byerly's supermarket
April 13, 2015 | Solatube

More natural light was needed, but the project team wanted it to be diffused across large areas o...

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Construction site updates from the new $100 billion Saudi Arabian city

The city constructed from scratch off the Red Sea coast will give its port access to the Suez Canal, reflecting the government’s attempt to diversify its oil-dependent economy by focusing more in its shipping industry. Rendering courtesy of the King Abdullah Economic City.

April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new King Abdullah Economic City was conceived to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent econom...

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Dubai Announces Construction of Aladdin City

A scene from a sci-fi movie? No, these are the official renderings of the planned Aladdin City in Dubai. Renderings courtesy Dubai Media Office

March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Planned on 4,000 acres in the Dubai Creek area, the ...

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Foster and Partners design The One in Toronto

Developer Sam Mizrahi unveiled plans for a new skyscraper in Toronto called The One. Renderings courtesy of Foster and Partners.

March 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Developer Sam Mizrahi worked with Foster and Partners and Core Architects to design Toronto's tal...

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Retrofit projects give dying malls new purpose

The Vanderbilt Medical Center at One Hundred Oaks Mall transformed a former 1960s-era indoor shopping mall in Nashville, Tenn., into a mixed-use medical office center for Vanderbilt University. Photo courtesy Vanderbilt University

March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Approximately one-third of the country’s 1,200 enclosed malls are dead or dying. The good news is...

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Orlando's Skyscraper to be the world's tallest coaster

The roller coaster will be the centerpiece of a new $300 entertainment center named Skyplex. Renderings courtesy Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects

March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Skyscraper is expected to begin construction later this year, and open in 2016. It will stand...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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Commercial real estate developers optimistic, but concerned about taxes, jobs outlook

Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | NAIOP

The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over...

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First Look: Sacramento Planning Commission approves mixed-use tower by the new Kings arena

An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, re...

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New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...

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New shipping container complex begins construction in Albuquerque

Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery

February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneu...

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January 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Converting the Astrodome to an urban farm and public park is one of the proposals on the table in...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons
January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Photo courtesy Gimbal
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Beacon technology personalizes smartphone messaging, creating a new information resource for stor...

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Renderings of how shipping containers will form a 12,000-sf retail district call
December 02, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

OneC1TY, a healthcare- and technology-focused community under construction on 18.7 acres near Nas...

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COFFEEBOXX, OXX, K-cup
November 26, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The CoffeeBoxx single-serve brewer is billed as the world’s first ruggedized coffeemaker.

An example of Aons Construction Risk Map, which the portal updates regularly to
November 18, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new interactive tool from Aon Risk Solutions provides real-time updates pertaining to the ris...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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A Marriott hotel in Orlando, Fla. Marriott is leading the U.S. hotel pipeline. P
November 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The hotel construction pipeline hit a five-year high in the third quarter, clocking in at 3,516 p...

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Renderings courtesy Vincent Callebaut Architecture
November 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The solar canopy will shade green rooftop terraces and sky villas atop the nine-story structure....

Dubai, High Rise, World's Tallest, Tower
October 31, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Emaar Properties has unveiled plans for a new project containing two towers that will top the cha...

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One Bryant Park, New York. Photo: Ryan Browne, Cook+Fox Architects via Wikipedia
October 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Appraisal Foundation is striving to improve appraisers’ understanding of green valuation.

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Starbucks stores are profiled in the report, as the company has opened 500-LEED
October 27, 2014 | USGBC

The "LEED In Motion: Retail" report includes USGBC’s conceptualization of the future of retail, e...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e
October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s de...

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