Creating a Sense of Place: The Retail Piece
Retail and Commercial Planning and Casting in New Urbanism
Town Planning for Live, Work, Learn, Play
Max Reim is an expert on envisioning, creating and operating vibrant retail centers that are environmentally and financially sustainable. He is a principal and co-managing partner of Live Work Learn Play LLP, a consulting and development firm that works on large-scale resorts, university towns, and mixed-use traditional neighborhood design communities across North America.
Reim speaks to organizations across the U.S. and Canada on how to reach target markets and how careful planning can yield great places: vibrant mixed-use commercial, hospitality, civic and cultural streetscapes that bring life to a project. He is an expert on the best practices that yield healthy financial returns—from operations issues such as parking and traffic management to identifying the sociological reasons people love certain places. Live Work Learn Play conducts detailed studies of human behavior and matches commercial and retail clients with the positive experiences that people are seeking on a daily basis.
Reim has led or been involved in the planning, developing, and operating of more than 25 large-scale mixed-use projects ($100 million to $5 billion) in seven different countries, where currently over 34 million people live or visit annually. He previously worked at Intrawest as regional vice president, the world. Some of the projects he has advised include Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia), Winter Park (Colorado), Lake Las Vegas (Nevada) and Les Arcs, Haute Savoie (France), Storrs Center (Connecticut), East Beach in Norfolk (Virginia), Newburgh (New York) and Seahaven in Panama City Beach (Florida). He speaks regularly to industry organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Travels from Montréal.