I want to develop a list (say 5 to 10) of large (100 to 1,000 acre) “destination retail” developments that employ the best current design practices, preferably developed in the last 5 years. Best current design practices to include such items as creative placemaking, good traffic and pedestrian management with focus on good walkability. The traffic management component is important due to the large number of people involved, so good circulation of vehicles in and out of the development is important. Transit oriented design is not a primary criteria, although provisions for future addition would be a nice side feature.
The projects can have a mix of regional big box (Bass Pro Shop, Ikea, etc.) as well as a towncenter concept to employ well designed retail with other uses (residential, office, lodging, theatres).
Would also like some good suggestions for “placemaking” features for such a development that have been successful (i.e., ice skating rinks, public realm with open space for events, music, etc.)
Entertainment ideas that would provide a regional draw are also desired such as water parks, large scale soccer parks, minor league sports, aquariums.
One example of the type and scale of development is the Legends at Village West in Kansas City. I have not visited this development, so I am not educated on the successful design aspects of this project. If someone has suggestions on what is good and bad about this development, that would be helpful.
The perspective is from the developer’s, in that what are good design aspects that result in higher sales per square foot.