Principal/Design Director Mahan Rykiel Associates Baltimore, Maryland
Since the Great Recession, streets and communities have been blighted by empty storefronts and malls. Landscape architects have found a way to save retail by creating authentic, vibrant public spaces. This session will discuss how to create both resilient, experience-based retail and platforms for community expression and social interaction.
Understand the market forces that caused the retail apocalypse, how communities were impacted, and how design can be used to address it.
Learn how to create a streetscape presence that attracts people, promotes vibrant streets, and is safe and inclusive.
Learn how to create curated public gathering spaces that feel safe, inclusive, and comfortable, and promote social interaction that supports retail and restaurant activities.
Understand considerations to make when master planning, retrofitting, redeveloping, and rebranding commercial centers while creating a third place for the community that also supports retail.