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A shopping centre or shopping mall is one or more buildings forming a complex of shops representing merchandisers, with interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to easily walk from unit to unit, along with a convenient parking area – a modern, indoor version of the traditional marketplace.
Modern “car-friendly” strip malls developed from the 1920s, and shopping malls corresponded with the rise of [suburban living in the United States after World War II.
Classes of malls
In many cases, regional and super-regional malls exist as parts of large superstructures which often also include office space, residential space, amusement parks and so forth. This trend can be seen in the construction and design of many modern supermalls such as Cevahir Mall in Turkey. The International Council of Shopping Centers' 1999 definitions were not restricted to shopping centers in any particular country, but later editions were made specific to the U.S. with a separate set for Europe.
- International Council of Shopping Centers Shopping Center Definitions. Information Accurate as of 1999.
Academic Shopping mall studies site
- History of the shopping mall
- American Institute of Architects Retail and Entertainment Committee Knowledge Community
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