WEBINAR:
MIXED USE & RETAIL CENTERS
DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR A POST-COVID WORLD

Gensler's Design Forecast 2021 uncovers key design trends and strategies for fostering reconnection in a post-COVID world and explores how the mixed-use and retail centers sectors can offer valuable lessons for post-pandemic development. As store and mall closures continue, developers and cities are facing the reality that there will be thousands of square feet of available space in prime locations in their communities. What should they do with it?

Moving forward from a tumultuous year, mixed-use districts and retail centers are now poised with opportunities to unlock latent value and align underutilized real estate assets with growing needs to become community assets. Through the integration of open space and shared urban experiences, mixed-use environments can become new hybrid destinations that are designed for people.

In this webinar, Gensler’s Global Mixed Use & Retail Centers Leaders Beatriz De Paz and J.F. Finn, and Regional Leader Michael Townsend share strategies for how these properties are being repositioned and unlocking new opportunities for redevelopment. A panel discussion that includes Design Director Hasan Syed follows.

Download Gensler’s Design Forecast 2021 to discover in-depth insights for transforming mixed-use and retail center developments to meet new needs and facilitate meaningful engagement with the community in the post-pandemic future.

PRESENTERS
Beatriz De Paz
Bea is a global leader in Gensler’s Mixed Use & Retail Centers practice. She has been a key player and a design leader in complex and outstanding interdisciplinary projects, such as the Shanghai Tower and the Royal Ratchadamri Tower in Bangkok. Bea is based in San José, Costa Rica. Contact her at .
J.F. Finn, III
J.F. is a global leader in Gensler’s Mixed Use & Retail Centers practice. He has devoted more than 35 years of professional experience to the leadership of large-scale, multidisciplinary projects that combine long-range vision with conscientious adherence to client goals and objectives. His extensive portfolio ranges from community master plans and transit facilities to international resorts and mixed-use developments. J.F. is based in Boston. Contact him at .
Michael Townsend
As Design Resilience Leader for the firm’s Mixed Use & Retail Centers practice, Michael helps a variety of clients envision vibrant developments and communities, balancing forward-thinking creativity with a foundation of informed strategy. Michael has been instrumental in the success of a diverse array of projects — both globally and hyper-locally — over the past 15 years. He is based in Chicago. Contact him at .

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DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR A POST-COVID WORLD

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