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What’s in store : exploring design for community, mixed-use and greening in the retail landscape Good, Allison Mary

Abstract

The project was a conceptual design development based on precedent exploring, in particular, the retail environment and its relationship to the development of urban sustainability. Three major areas of focus were researched and synthesized to inform design principles: the shopping center as community focus; the development of mixed, multi and adaptive uses to complement retail; and the need for greening of traditional retail landscapes. The principles developed from this research are intended for application to retail development and have been illustrated via conceptual redesign of a 30-acre shopping center in Kingston, Ontario. Through conceptual and detailed design, the project indicates how a retail-focused environment can contribute to a healthier and more vibrant urban landscape through enhanced community connections, range of uses on site and improved green infrastructure.

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