South Campus Gateway

South Campus Gateway is a visionary collaboration between the Ohio State University, the city of Columbus, and neighborhood stakeholders in an effort to transform a 7.5-acre (3 ha) tract that straddles the university campus and a distressed, low-income neighborhood. Developed by the not-for-profit Campus Partners, the $150 million dynamic mixed-use development is the signature project in the organization’s decade-long planning effort to revitalize the University District area. Using a complex layering of financing, the project comprises 184 apartments, 98,000 square feet (9,105 m2) of office space, and 249,000 square feet (23,133 m2) of retail stores, including an eight-screen cinema, a dozen restaurants, a university bookstore, and an organic grocery.

Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City

Kashiwa, a city with a land area of 115 square kilometers (44 sq mi) and a population of just over 400,000, is in Chiba Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo in Japan’s Kanto region. Though home to companies in food processing and other industries, as well as a professional soccer team, it is now best known as the home of Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City. Currently being developed on 273 hectares (675 ac) in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City was launched in 2005 with the opening of Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station on the Tsukuba Express train line. The land is divided into 299 parcels, to be subdivided further into blocks with interconnecting streets and pathways. Initial development is taking place in parcels 147, 148, 149, 150, and 151. This 42-hectare (104 ac) group of parcels extends outward from Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station and encompasses the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, Chiba University Kashiwa-no-ha Campus, Kashiwa-no-ha Park, and industrial areas.

Accessible from Tokyo in less than an hour by train, Kashiwa-no-ha is an area rich in natural beauty as well as the home of a concentration of academic and research institutions. Creation of the grand design for the project was from the beginning a collaborative endeavor, with Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa, the University of Tokyo, and Chiba University involved in the planning and deliberation.

Sino‐Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu

Sino‐Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu is a retail-driven mixed-use project that weaves old and new, global and local, low-rise and high-rise, and religious and commercial uses into a pedestrian-centered urban fabric within a growing central Chinese city. The 18.25-acre site includes more than 300 retailers within 1.14 million square feet of retail space, a 335,000-square-foot boutique hotel with 100 rooms and 42 serviced apartments, and a 1.3 million-square-foot, 47-story office tower—all wrapped around an ancient Buddhist temple, six adaptively reused heritage buildings, and three on-site plazas. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development Gold-rated community brought over 110 new retailers to the market.


Avalon is a mixed-use town center that, in its first phase, includes retail, restaurant, multifamily rental housing, single-family for-sale housing, and office uses surrounding a main street and a central plaza. A second phase will add a hotel and conference center as well as additional retail, multifamily rental housing, and office space. The 2.3 million-square-foot project is located in an affluent northern suburb of Atlanta on an 86-acre site. A previous developer had planned a similar concept for the site in the mid-2000s era but was unable to execute the development.

The Promenade at Westlake

A 210,000-square-foot community shopping center designed to resemble a traditional downtown. The Promenade has a variety of tenants, from businesses that serve neighborhood residents, like a dry cleaner, to entertainment-oriented retail establishments such as restaurants, cafes, a bookstore, a cinema, and a Club Disney for children. As in a traditional town center, structures are highly articulated, and the bulk of the mall is broken up into smaller “buildings,” as if built over time. The site includes various outdoor spaces for sitting, dining, and strolling.

Victoria Gardens

Designed to resemble a downtown that has evolved over time, Victoria Gardens is a new, pedestrian-oriented town center located 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles in Rancho Cucamonga, a town at the heart of California’s Inland Empire. This project–the result of a public/private partnership among Forest City, the Lewis Group of Companies, and the Rancho Cucamonga Redevelopment Agency–comprises department stores, shops, restaurants, a movie theater, a performing arts center, a library, and 55,000 square feet (5,100 square meters) of office space. Intended to serve as a new downtown for Rancho Cucamonga, the completed town center will also include a mix of 500 residential units.

Block E

Block E is a large-scale, urban mixed-use project that combines retail, entertainment, hospitality, and parking uses. Located in downtown Minneapolis, it derives its name from the city block upon which it is built. The urban entertainment complex has little competition in the downtown and is rapidly becoming a key destination there. It contains a mix of stores, nightclubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues intended to appeal to people of all ages. Restaurants, bars, and stores fill the project’s first and second stories, while a 15-screen, 4,000-seat multiplex cinema is found on the third floor. A 255-room hotel occupies the fourth through 21st floors.

Glorietta Mall at the Ayala Center

The gradual transformation of a 1970s outdoor suburban shopping center into the premier retail and urban entertainment center in the Philippines. Development was coordinated with the growth of the surrounding high-density, mixed-use commercial district, the Ayala Center in Makati.

Brass Mill Center

Brownfield redevelopment of an 87-acre urban industrial site used as a factory from the early 1800s until 1986 into 1.2 million square feet of retail and commercial space Including a 1 million-square-foot regional mall, Brass Mill Center, and a 200,000-square-foot big-box community shopping center, Brass Mill Commons. The redevelopment will have an urban entertainment dimension, a stadium 12-screen theater complex that is fully integrated into the mall and has high visibility from the main entrance. In addition to its entertainment features, the regional center is anchored by stores from three national department store chains. The mall also has 330,000 square feet of in-line retail space, which currently is close to 80 percent leased. The mall, coupled with the community shopping center, will provide ample shopping opportunities for the 130,000 households within the primary market area as well as additional shoppers from greater distances. Lengthy, complex, and costly remediation of environmental contamination and efforts to minimize developer/owner liability characterized the development process, which would have been nearly impossible without deep subsidies from state and local governments.

South Campus Gateway

South Campus Gateway is a $153 million, seven-building mixed-use entertainment complex located on the southern edge of the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. The result of an almost ten-year partnership between the city and the university, the project’s five-story structures contain restaurants and nightspots, an eight-screen arts cinema, a 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square-meter) campus bookstore, a 14,000-square-foot (1,301-square-meter) natural foods grocery store, locally and nationally owned boutique shops, 184 market-rate apartments, 88,000 square feet (8,176 square meters) of office space, and a 1,200-space parking garage.

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