Peter Coleman, specialist retail architect at design house Building Design partnership, was originally commissioned by Architectural Press to update and revise Nadine Beddington's original "bible for shopping centres". What in fact he has produced is a completely rewritten work to create a new and arguably better and more comprehensive book covering all types of shopping environment.
Throughout the new work, Coleman moves from the universal to the particular, from the general to the detailed. From overviews of all types of shopping outlets, plus shopping habits, he moves to detailed analyses of the design and planning of the various modern types of shopping malls.
The book is organised into three sections. Section 1 looks at a range of key issues, what Coleman calls "the big issues", influencing shopping environments, including the human issues - the way we shop and why - together with planning issues and economic issues. Section 2 takes a step back into history and provides a walk-through of the evolution of the shopping environment, the various types of shopping venue from ancient times up to the beginnings of the true shopping centre. Section 3 then goes into the design and planning details of the types of shopping centre available today. The final chapter looks at the future of shopping.
Such is the universality and broad sweep of Coleman's work, this book is a must for qualified retail designers and students alike.