GPG is conducting a retail market study for the City of Markham, Ontario, intended to allow the city to gain an understanding of the types and sizes of supportable retail businesses. GPG earlier participated in a charrette with planners Torti Gallas & Partners and Morrissey Design Studio.
GPG is leading a team awarded the Marquette Third Street Corridor Sustainable Development Plan for the city of Marquette, Michigan. The team held a three-day charrette in late May.
GPG is assisting the Michigan Municipal League with a parking analysis and parking strategy for downtown Alpena, Michigan.
The public is invited to: What Does the Future Hold for Business Districts like the Village?
Robert Gibbs' presentation is Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm. To be held at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Register for Robert Gibbs' Harvard GSD Executive Education course: Expanded to 3 days!
Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design and Management Practices
July 15-17, 2013 CEUs: 21 IAI/CES (HSW); 21 AICP/CM; 21 LA/CES (HSW).
With Terry Shook and guest speakers Stefanos Polyzoides, Yaromir Steiner, Jane Grabowski-Miller and Steven Sugg. The course will demonstrate how modern principles of retail development can be combined with the best practices of New Urbanism, Smart Growth and architectural design to create successful mixed-use urban commercial centers. Ideal for developers, planners, investors, retailers, architects and public officials.
Embrace "adaptive reuse" retail, dining: GPG discusses market research suggesting best development uses for aggregate site in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
ULI Central Florida: Bob will present "Igniting Innovation in Urban Retail" at the ULI Central Florida's breakfast meeting on April 17, 2013.
Palm Beach, Florida: Bob will present "New Trends & Techniques in Urban Planning, Design & Operations" to the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce at their monthly breakfast on November 14, 2013.
Michigan Sign Guide Design Workshop: March 19, 2013 in Troy, Michigan. A workshop presented by Scenic Michigan on the new Michigan Sign Guide.
South Memphis, Tennessee: Following up on our retail market analysis, GPG is working with the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team to develop a market-based implementation strategy for the South Memphis neighborhood.
Abacoa Town Center Retail Analysis: Bob presented GPG's Retail Analysis and Implementation Plan in a public forum on January 25.
Coconut Grove, Florida: GPG has completed a retail analysis for the city of Coconut Grove.
Downtown Birmingham Thriving Despite Fierce Competition:
by Brendan Losinski, The Oakland Press, November 2012
FBC 301: Completing, Adopting, and Administering the Code: Bob will present "Birmingham: Michigan's First Form-Based Code" November 19 at 10:15 AM, at the Michigan Municipal League, Christman Education Center in East Lansing.
Michigan ASLA: "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" by Robert Gibbs received an ASLA Michigan Chapter Award at the 2012 Annual Meeting on October 25. GPG is proud to also announce that Robert Gibbs has been named a member of the Board of the Michigan ASLA.
Des Moines, Iowa: GPG is working with Genus on a revitalization strategy for the downtown's Walnut Street. On October 29 Bob will present "New Trends and Techniques in Urban Retail Planning for Downtown Districts," a public lecture sponsored by the City of Des Moines and the Downtown Community Alliance.
Birmingham, Michigan Master Plan Forum: Bob will review the Downtown Birmingham 2016 Plan on November 1, 2012 at a community symposium at the First Baptist Church of Birmingham. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, incuding a question and answer session with audience participation.
ICSC's Research Connections Conference, October 2nd in Chicago:
Bob will present "Implementing New Retail to Lead in the Building of Towns and Cities"
Robert J. Gibbs, ASLA will be honored by the Clinton Presidential Library‘s School of Public Service on October 15, 2012 for his career’s contributions in urban planning and development. Gibbs has been asked to speak as a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer where he will present how great communities are conceived and built, based on his new book “Principles for Urban Retail Planning and Development.”
Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan: GPG has been retained by the Grand Rapids
Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to assess the market-based potential for
the Downtown, East Fulton, South Division and Ionia Commercial Corridors to
support additional retail and restaurants.
Memphis, Tennessee: GPG is conducting a Green Grocer Market Study for the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis.
Woodstock, Georgia: GPG is working with Pond & Co. to analyze the Merchants' Square area's retail market.
Oakland County's 15th Annual Heritage Conference September 19, 2012:
Bob will present "Strengthening Place Through Michigan's First Form-Based Code," examining Birmingham, Michigan's 2016 Master Plan.
Registration is now open for Bob's Harvard GSD Executive Education course:
Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design, and Management Practices, July 11-12, 2012. CEUs: 14 AIA/CES (HSW); 14 AICP/CM; 14 LA/CES. With Terry Shook and guest speakers Yaromir Steiner and Jane Grabowski-Miller. New features include: Lessons learned from leading US urban retail developer Yaromir Steiner; Overview of Bob's new book, "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development"; A look at the hot tenants for 2012; A consideration of recession lessons and opportunities; and Case studies for top urban town centers and historic downtowns.
Auckland Conversations: Gibbs Presentation
Thanks to the Auckland Council, which has made available this video of one of Bob's presentations.
GPG Team Wins Approval for Grand Rapids, Michigan Project
The consulting team led by GPG will begin work on crafting a retail merchandising plan aimed at recruiting new businesses for downtown Grand Rapids. The team includes Nederveld, M Retail, Leland Consulting, Newmark Knight Frank, and a5.
ULI Detroit - The 25th Annual UM-ULI Real Estate Forum
(Wednesday, November 9 at Cobo Hall)
Bob Gibbs will join the 1:30 pm panel to discuss local/regional/state views of Detroit and the national economy.
NAIOP Presentation January 18, 2012
Bob will be NAIOP's (Seattle, Washington) featured speaker.
Auckland Conservation Council, Spring, 2012
Bob will lead an international urban design, heritage and environmental issues workshop with the Auckland Council in Auckland, New Zealand. This will be his fifth trip to the very sustainable country.
Wiley Publishing announces Robert Gibbs' new book, available from Amazon.com:
Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development
Michigan's Pioneering Urbanist - John Nolen
by Robert Gibbs
First published in the MiCNU News, March 2011
GPG recognized in Santa Cruz Sentinel article:
"Retail Guru Robert Gibbs' Advice Pays Off for Santa Cruz Retailers"
Harvard GSD: Robert Gibbs has agreed to present his Executive Education seminar, The Theory and Practice for Planning, Developing & Repairing Suburban & Urban Retail, July 6-7, 2011, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass.
The program will demonstrate how proven principles of modern retail development can be combined with the best practices of new urbanism, smart growth, and architectural design to create successful and competitive mixed-use urban commercial centers. Ideal for developers, planners, retailers, architects, and public officials, the program will focus on several topics, among them the required market demographics for various retailers, restaurants, and shopping center typologies, including convenience centers, neighborhood centers, power centers, regional malls, and lifestyle centers. Participants will learn about market research, streetscape, store planning, signage, tenant mix, merchandising plans, leasing, anchors' roles and successful new urban planning techniques, design criteria, parking, building, site planning, and developer requirements. The course will also review the synergy among residential, office, civic, and governmental land uses and retailer performance.
AIA/CES units: 14; AICP units: 14; ASLA units: 14
Speakers will include Terry Shook, principal of Shook-Kelley, Jane Grabowski-Miller of Erdman Holdings, and Jeff Higgins of Indigo Retail Advisors, Inc. Registration information is now available at http://execed.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/exec_ed/details.cgi?offering_id=102036
Or contact: Tel. 617-384-7214
Robert Gibbs has become a member of the IWPR Speakers Bureau:
Robert Gibbs has contributed a chapter in The Language of Towns & Cities, by Dhiru A. Thadani:
Disney World, Orlando, Florida: GPG commissioned by the Walt Disney Company to conduct a special study for its Orlando Disney World; October, 2010
Santa Cruz, California: GPG Consults with City Redevelopment Authority and Chamber of Commerce to improve commerce along its Pacific Avenue historic downtown, and the East and West side commercial areas. The City has successfully rebuilt its CBD after a major 1989 earthquake. Known as the surfing capital of the world, Santa Cruz is also the organic food market's grocery store leader. New Leaf, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Safeway and numerous other small markets serve the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The downtown has two grocery stores, two large book sellers, American Apparel, the Gap, a farmers market and many restaurants and small unique retailers. A major pier and waterfront boardwalk area also complement the beachfront; October, 2010 Study
Reston Virgina: GPG consults with JBG Rosenfeld on plans for the expansion of the Reston Heights Town Center. Located near Reston Town Center, this new community will include 400 residential units, 300,000 sf of office space, and complementary retail, restaurants and a new supermarket; October, 2010
Daytona Beach, Florida: GPG presents the findings and recommendations of its commercial market study to the Economic Development Department for the CRA Board. GPG finds that the historic waterfront area can support over 80,000 square feet of new retail and restaurants, including numerous flagship regional and national entertainment venues; October, 2010
Butler Town Center, Gainesville, Florida: GPG retained by Butler Enterprises to consult on its master plan for an expanded mixed-use center to include: 1.4 million of new retail, hotels, office and 1000 residential dwellings; September, 2010
Fresno, California: GPG completed a master planning charrette led by Moule-Polyzoides to re-energize a stalled 1965 pedestrian mall. The mall, one of the first in the country, has since lost its department stores and all but a handful of retailers. The greater Fresno region remains vibrant, with a population of over 500,000 and numerous surrounding shopping centers. The CBD has over 50,000 office workers, including federal, state and county courthouses, the city hall, and a new IRS regional headquarters; September, 2010
The mall represents a classic misunderstanding by urban planners - that most retailers can serve without streets and on-street parking. This pedestrian-only format requires the mall to function as a regional shopping destination, with department stores, leading brands and central management. Independent retailers rely on drive-by vehicular traffic and on-street parking for sustianablilty. The charrette was completed during the week of September 26, 2010.
New Hampshire: GPG has been commissioned to complete a commercial market analysis for office, hospitality and retail for a proposed 600 acre mixed-use DPZ planned town center in Londonderry, NH. As a part of the project, GPG participated in a public planning charrette led by DPZ Architects on September 7-12, 2010 in NH.
Albuquerque, NM: GPG has been retained by Strata Design to assist in developing market-based commercial redevelopment of two neighborhoods. The analysis and market study will be completed during the Fall of 2010.
MSHDA State Conference Lecture: Gibbs presented a lecture on New Trends in Urban Retail Planning & Development at the Michigan State Housing Development Association's state conference in Bay City on Sept. 13, 2010.
ULI Panel: Gibbs will be leading a panel roundtable of leading US city managers at the National ULI Washington Conference on October 14, 2010.
Washington, DC Region: GPG has been commissioned by JBG Companies to assist with the planning and market research of infill mixed-use developments in Reston, Tyson's Corner and Twinbrook Station; October, 2010
Palm Springs, California: GPG has been commissioned to complete a retail feasibility study for the expansion of an existing resort and casino property located in the Palm Springs, Calif. region. As part of this project, GPG has introduced the owner to numerous leading shopping center developers and retailers; July, 2010
CNU 18 202 Session: Gibbs will be teaching a 202 3 hr. advanced session on Urban Retail Theory and Practice at the CNU 18 Conference in Madison, Wisconsin; June 1-4, 2011.
British Columbia: GPG has completed a city-wide residential anlaysis for Revelstoke, BC, Canada to assist Placemakers with the SmartCode and Master Plan for the City; July, 2010