Retailing and Urbanism


a)To know the main recent changes in trade and distribution;
b) To understand the logic in the real estate retailing and office markets;
c) To recognize the logics of retail location at urban scale;
d) To analyse the issues of trade and consumption from a development perspective;
e) To understand the importance of Urban Commercial Planning;
f) To know Commercial Urbanism practices in the European countries and in the USA;
g)To review the experiences of Urban Commercial Planning in Portugal;
h) To know different forms of intervention and management models in city centres;
i) To develop critical thinking about the relationship between new forms of commerce, organization of space and urban lifestyles;
j) To apply the acquired knowledge to practical situations, notably in technical reports on Commercial Urbanism and in studies of retail location.

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Barata-Salgueiro, T. & Cachinho, H. (2011). Retail Planning for the resilient city. Consumption and Urban Regeneration. Lisboa: CEG., 19-44.

Cachinho, H. (2005). O comércio retalhista: da oferta de bens às experiências de vida (264-331). In C. A. Medeiros (dir), Geografia de Portugal, vol.3. Lisboa: C. de Leitores.

Findlay, A. C. & Sparks, L. (2009). Literature review: policies adopted to support a healthy retail sector and retail led regeneration and …, Research Findings, 25, 47p.

Guimarães, P. (2015). O Planeamento comercial em Portugal. Os projectos especiais de Urbanismo Comercial. Lisboa: Universidade de Lisboa.

Rio Fernandes, J. A. & Chamusca, P. (2014). Urban policies, planning and retail resilience. Cities, 36, 170-177.

Teixeira, J.A. (2014). The reshaping of retail landscape in greater Lisbon: do shopping centers have a future? ERSA Conference Papers,

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes: extensive explanation of program topics; analysis and discussion of textbooks´ chapters and papers. Case studies: interventions and critical analysis of the solutions. Study visit.

Evaluation method

1) Written test about a set of selected texts [35%].
2) Theoretical and practical work (about 20 pages.), with oral presentation [45%].
3) Short essay on a theme of the program [15%].
4) Presence in the classes and participation [5%].

[According to the assessment of FCSH rules, the proposed evaluation elements introduced to students in the first class may suffer readjustments, namely in the weight of each element].

Subject matter

1) Retail and the City: recent changes in a millenary relation
1.1. Recent changes in retail and distribution: for the city or against the city?
1.2. From concentric structures to new centers: the future after the growth in the periphery
2) Real Estate Development, Retailing and the Structure of Urban Space: Context and Paradigms
2.1. Urban land use and theories of soil value
2.2. neoliberalism, globalization and real estate markets (retail use)
2.3. Retailing, urban regeneration, sustainability and resilience
3) Urban retail planning: Policies and experiences
3.1. Conceptual and methodological bases of urban retail planning
3.2. Experiences in the European countries and in the USA
3.3. Experiences in Portugal
3.4. Interventions in city centres: Management models. Case studies
3.5. Strategic charters of urban retail planning
4) Rethinking the relationship between retailing and the city in the postmodern city