Title page for ETD etd-05012007-172034

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lee, Jong Bum
Author's Email Address suoleigh@vt.edu
URN etd-05012007-172034
Title Wal Mart: New stratedy in urban scale for American downtowns
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U. Committee Chair
Jones, James R. Committee Co-Chair
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
  • Downtown
  • Wal Mart
  • Considerate stratedy
  • Urban scale
Date of Defense 2007-04-30
Availability unrestricted
Wal Mart, which contains nation’s largest private employers (1.2 million workers), sellers of retail goods($280 billion), and owner of corporate real estate(911 million square feet), is now locally and globally getting more dominant. Its simple but straight forward strategy is enough to make customers' pockets open and buy goods. However, these strategies are also getting bumped into the risks for high quality oriented markets which have been targeted for upper income class. Furthermore, on the reason that maintains enormously occupied box storage concept outside the town, Wal Mart is blamed for making the town more boundless and uncharacteristic as well as killing many retail shops in downtown. Architecturally. reconsidering Wal Mart to be more distinctively balancing to proper urban issues and practical designs is now more imperative than ever. Therefore, this thesis work will be new grope of possibilities of that Wal Mart can be futurally constructive being more friendly approached to the town and communities in a revitalization view of rural towns.

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