Spatial resilience and urban planning: Addressing the interdependence of urban retail areas

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In this article we look at examples of three predominant kinds of Swedish retail places – the pedestrianised city centre, the neighbourhood centre and the regional shopping mall – all of which play important (winning or losing) roles in contemporary retail development. This investigation is based on an empirical study of the Malmö region (in southern Sweden) and the findings suggest that the different retail areas are developing independently following the logic of their own business. They have failed to relate their business to the retailscape of the urban region. We also develop spatial resilience as a concept that can be used to acknowledge the interdependence of different retail areas in discussions of urban and regional planning. We argue that more fluid or associative means of stabilisation seem to be overlooked in the present strategies for retail resilience, leaving more classical network stabilization as the only means of choice.


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  • Social Sciences
  • Architecture


  • Spatial resilience, Retail, Urban planning, Scale, Spatial topologies, Malmö
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-130
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

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