Transforming malls into urban villages

Transforming malls into urban villages

In today’s world of Amazon and same day delivery, many would argue that retail is a thing of the past. But contrary to popular belief, retail is still stronger than ever – it’s the environment and experience that are evolving.

Today’s consumers are looking for more: the retail experience of tomorrow turns once closed-in malls into ones that are walkable, vibrant, mixed-use urban spaces. These reimagined sites are destinations beyond simply retail – they are places to connect, learn, play, work and even live.

Why’s this? In part because of increasingly small urban living spaces, millennials want to be out and they’re looking for a third place – not home or work – that reflects them personally, says Susan Carter, a Designer at DIALOG. Susan and her team have been developing strategies for cities and developers to take the concept of mall and revamp it for today’s consumer needs.

Learn more about what DIALOG has to say about the future of retail shopping:

The Star: Retailers embrace design to woo shoppers

CBC News: Urban development of Calgary malls

Here’s a list of some of Susan’s current projects:

  • Northland Village Mall Redevelopment, Calgary, AB
  • Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC
  • Westbrook Mall, Calgary, AB
  • Malborough Mall, Calgary, AB

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