Shopping in a Placeless World: Shopping in a World of Places (Are we being inappropriately malled?)

Paul Drechsler, Robin Bradley

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This paper argues that meaningful human reaction and interaction with ‘place’ is, at worst, absent and, at best, superficially addressed in the urban design process, insofar as retail development is concerned. It is argued that incorporating a humanistic dimension in the design process would engender a more holistic, appropriate and satisfying environment for the wider community as well as those with a direct financial interest in the completed project.
This urban design dichotomy is highly relevant within the context of retail environments, epitomised by traditional town centres and suburban shopping centres, which seek to attract customers and then engage them in a transactional process in the pursuit of profit maximisation. The ubiquitousness of suburban shopping centres and traditional town centres combined with the significance of such spaces in urban design terms provides an ideal opportunity to explore the nexus between ‘place creation’ and ‘place consumption’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICTC 2008 proceedings
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Cities, Town Centres & Communities Society - Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 7 Oct 200810 Oct 2008


ConferenceInternational Cities, Town Centres & Communities Society


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