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This issue explores the role of retail development and planning initiatives in the life of communities and city streets, as well as the importance of the experience and functionality of a retail space. The following articles represent a variety of retail environments. As a group they provide insight into both the placemaking efforts of retail development and the role of design in creating spaces that continue to perform over time. Current retail design trends and the value of the rehabilitation of abandoned retail buildings are both explored.

Retail Development and Design 30

Pioneering Shopping Centers

J. Brantley Hightower, AIA

36 Standing Up to the Strip Mall Met Retail

Studio 8 Architects Rebecca Roberts

40 Buy Local

Catherine Gavin

46 A Fresh Patina Patina

Gensler Gregory Iba単ez, FAIA

50 Re-Tailoring Retail

Aaron Seward

3/4 2013

Texas Architect 29

Texas Architect March/April 2013: Retail Redevelopment and Design