Placemaking is a much-discussed topic that—like “omnichannel,” “the Internet of Things,” and other ongoing trends—has become a talking point without necessarily having acquired an agreed-upon definition.

To help address this, we uncovered 22 examples of properties around the world which highlight the role that retail plays in establishing a place. Very simply, we found that placemaking is an effort to draw people to a place by creating compelling reasons for them to visit.