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Budapest’s shopping centres, built as a result of greenfield investments, are like the city itself: the city by night is impressive, but its daytime appearance less so. Many of our new city centres are formed basically by the retail centers. This is detrimental to the very foundation of a multicentral settlement. Although the opportunities for development of these big-box retail centers would be endless, the end result is negative. The open spaces provide the potential of practical, recreational usages. Shady pergolas covered by plants, benches, fountains, anything else could be easily placed along the facades, creating a more graceful transition from the urban landscape. Spectacular elements lure people towards the entrance gates, but leaving the inner city, in the direction of the suburbs we find dilapidated sites. According to the research carried out for this paper, problems arise both from within and outside.



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