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Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development Hardcover – January 3, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0470488225 ISBN-10: 0470488220 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470488220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470488225
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Robert J. Gibbs, a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, looks at what it takes to build a shopping center that thrives. He outlines every ingredient, from business models. . . and structure. . . to storefront design and parking." (Landscape Architecture Magazine, May 2012)

"Every component of this book is organized systematically. Gibbs conveys his expertise with rigorous clarity. This guide should prove invaluable for anyone who wants to do retail in a way that adds to a community's character and also makes economic sense." (Better! Cities & Towns, March 2012)

"His book will be most useful to private-sector planners and those who work with public-private partnerships. But the material it contains will also be helpful to public planners dealing with zoning issues." (Planning Magazine, March 2012)

"The book has chapters on big topics like lease language and making smart use of anchor tenants." (Shoppingcenterreporter.com, February 2012)


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Robert Gibbs is considered one of the foremost urban retail planners in America. For more than two decades, his expertise has been sought by some of the most respected mayors, renowned architects, and successful real-estate developers in the country. Profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land, Gibbs has, writes The Atlantic Monthly, "a commercial sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown-renewal efforts."

Gibbs, founder of Gibbs Planning Group, has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying modern trends in commercial development to more than 300 town centers and historic cities here and abroad. In this country, Mayor Joseph P. Riley called Gibbs's retail plan for Charleston, "The Bible for the future of our historic district."

Foremost among Gibbs' achievements has been the successful application of the latest in modern retail planning and merchandising to depressed or declining communities as well as to new developments designed as traditional towns. Gibbs believes that sustainable development and vibrant community life are only possible with a vital commercial life, and that new and old towns alike need intelligent strategies for its survival. These strategies include a well-planned retail mix, advantageous pedestrian and vehicular circulation patterns, and arresting storefront designs.

A speaker at the First Congress of the New Urbanism in 1992 and eight subsequent CNUs, Gibbs has lectured throughout the country and contributed articles to numerous books and publications. Of particular note is his authorship of the SmartCode Retail Module. For the past 17 years, he has taught "Urban Retail Planning" in the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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This book provides essential insights into how the market defines "great."
Haz
Bob Gibbs has long been considered one of the very best in the United States when it comes to retail understanding and strategies for success.
Dave Leland
And if you ever have a chance to see Mr. Gibbs present, I recommend going.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kobus Mentz on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is refreshing to read a book on retail that has the city at heart and understands that retail is more than just commerce at work. Robert's tone is democratic rather than corporate.

He also offers us a stern warning that "...towns and cities have ceded their historical role as the region's primary shopping destination to the suburbs" and then goes on to explain, elaborately, how we can bring society's foremost means of exchange back to the core of our communities.
While his book is holistic in its premise, it is also practical in its advice. It offers an expert understanding of all the current-day fundamentals of retail and how they can be employed to re-construct the diverse public realm-based qualities of authentic centres of the past.
I enjoyed the multi-facetted nature of the book and how it deals with design and spatial planning issues, character and visual issues, as well as financial and operational issues. We are introduced into the fundamentals of retail, business models and a range of financial and sustainability issues, then educated on built-form types and an array of detailed design matters.

He reminds us that "consumer spending and behaviour are influenced by numerous emotional and economic variables" then proceeds to offer advice on issues of visual merchandising and visual character approaches.

Robert's focus on business and management factors is also warranted, city managers who lament the continuing demise of their centres despite substantial investment in the public realm should take note.

Such a wide array of expertise is seldom found in one author or practitioner. Unless you have the experience to match, and if you are active in this area, you better get hold of a copy!

Kobus Mentz, director, Urbanismplus and adunct professor urban design.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Qamar on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bob Gibbs' "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" is a milestone in the urban retailing movement, and in the rebirth of American cities and suburbs. Therein lies the magic of Gibb's wisdom: that vibrant, economically successful, walkable mixed-use main street districts are the nuclei of the rebirth of truly sustainable neighborhood, villages, towns, and cities in America. And Gibbs shows us the secrets to craft those beloved and enduring places that people love to live in, discover, and return to.

Gibbs masterfully combines aspects of retail psychology with the art and science of "urban place-making", transportation, market research, branding, and demographics. Whether you are a city planner, a developer, an architect, a national retail CEO, or just opening a mom & pop shop, "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" should be sitting open on your desk!
-Laurence Qamar, Architect & Town Planner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Christopher Sych on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Bob Gibbs possesses an exceptional proficiency in unwinding the juggernaut that is urban commerce and development. His insight is respected and valued. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dunning on December 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bob Gibbs has obviously kept his finger on the pulse of the retail market economy for decades and has used his inside knowledge and experience with how customers shop, how retailers market and how goods and services are branded to craft this unique and sometimes very candid manual for truly understanding Urban Retail Planning and Development. Don't let the title and particularly the term "urban" fool you. This book is an expose of all the mechanisms and truths behind what makes our market economy tick as well as the trends and influences that affect it. Most importantly, Gibbs' book deals expertly with the way in which the built environment responds - and can be made to respond - to the forces of retailing that most of us just don't see.

Michael Dunning, AIA, Principal, Shook Kelley
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milt Rhodes on December 18, 2012
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I've found the book,Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development to be a very helpful for resource for communicating the in's and out's of urban retail situations. The informative illustrations provide numerous examples of best practices and the case studies from both historic and contemporary retail environments is very useful when discussing development opportunities and the potential of sites my clients are investigating. With clients always looking for real-life examples of mixed use, walkable communities that have succesful retail results, this book does the Community Builidng profession a great service.

Milt Rhodes, Urban Designer & Town Planner
New Urban Water Works
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd on December 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bob Gibbs is the master, and has a tremendous understanding on how shopping formats in Urban Retail meet the needs of today's customers. Todd Caruso, Senior Managing Director, Retail Agency Services, Americas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Leland on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bob Gibbs has long been considered one of the very best in the United States when it comes to retail understanding and strategies for success. This comprehensive book is highly readable, clear in its recommendations and examples, and a very welcome addition to any real estate professional's library.
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