Retail Continues To Implode - What Comes Next In These Spaces?

The multiple announcements of store closures and bankruptcies have been well-detailed in the media. Example: http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/13/news/companies/retail-bankruptcies/index.html

We will be looking at multiple large-scale vacant spaces and massive swaths of asphalt in the future. Re-purposing those spaces will be a challenge, from a space standpoint and quality of construction standpoint. Some buildings, such as old factories and hospitals, are already being reused as housing. But would you want to live in a condominium in an old shopping mall where the central corridor becomes a pedestrian "Main Street?"

These are issues that the current/next generation of Architects will need to consider -- or find themselves without a seat at the table for whatever redevelopment does occur.

http://gizmodo.com/7-dead-shopping-malls-that-found-surprising-second-live-1634073681

http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-new-uses-for-abandoned-malls/

ShertzArch Version 5.0 is now active!

Now that our new web site is up, I took a moment to reflect on some of the past designs for our sites over the years. When I first started out on my own in 2005, web design tools were still pretty crude for the layman, and I ended up starting with a very basic template and hand-coding all the information in HTML4. Tools have come a very long way in the past 12 years, and while I enjoyed a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment creating and updating a web site, 2017 is a different time and I'm at a different stage of my practice. Here's an image of our home page in 2008. Enjoy.

Illustrations were a necessary part of my web site then since so few projects I started designing in 2005 were complete and/or web-worthy.

Illustrations were a necessary part of my web site then since so few projects I started designing in 2005 were complete and/or web-worthy.