REINVENTING THE MALL
by Miriel Ko
THE RETAIL LANDSCAPE
Today, shopping malls have a few reasons to reinvent themselves to reflect a more sustainable retail market and how shoppers truly want to shop. For one, retail centres are one of the largest industries in the world and with it, one of the most costly. Considered venues for consumption, they cost upwards of millions of dollars to develop and consume more than their fair share of resources. They also typically feed into our desire for wanted goods rather than needs. Resembling more like small cities, retail centres can also play a major role in improving the quality of life in an urban centre. Often integrated with residential properties; public transportation; businesses; dining; entertainment; parks or cultural activities, retail centres can be an escape from harsh climates, add convenience to our daily lives or warrant a sense of community. They also provide jobs and grant people new lifestyles. Thus, while GDP and consumerism are on the rise in Asia, the Green shopping mall may not only serve as drivers to local economies but also as anchor developments in the increasingly urbanised communities. However, what makes a Green mall different and what does it really mean when we define a mall as Green?
PEOPLE, CULTURE AND RECREATION: NAMBA PARKS
Located adjacent to the Namba Train Station in Osaka, Japan, on the existing site of the former Nankai Stadium, Namba Parks was not just developed as a commercial centre but also as a park with a series of natural landscapes to discover.
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