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Croydon and the Resurrection of the Shopping Mall
This research challenges the issue concerning town centres that provide publicly accessible yet privately owned shopping centres at the core of their civic urban space. This thesis is interested in the private role within the public realm, specifically on how Croydon’s town centre has and will embrace the private sector following the approval of the Westfield redevelopment plan. This subject is contested in nature and it has now become of global interest. This study locates itself within the complex debate without taking a specific position. However, its purpose is to create a safe, rightful, sustainable and environmentally forward looking civic space, independently of who owns and manages these structures.