Although I never gave it much thought, specialized shopping centers were part of life growing up in the United States. As a kid, I remember my mother occasionally dragging me to the outlet mall for new school clothes. During my early teenage years, I remember going to a local shopping center arcade with friends. Later on, as a college student doing renovations for my uncle during the summer, we would drive out to a retail park to pick up building supplies.
A founding partner at Gehl Architects and professor emeritus of urban design at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Gehl is known for revamping traffic-clogged cities to improve quality of life for residents.