METU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, cilt.34, ss.245-264, 2017 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Location decision and standards of shopping malls keep relevancy at a standstill position in the planning agenda of Turkey when considered the increasing numbers of construction even though the economic crisis in the World. By the end of June 2014, the number of shopping malls has reached to 412 (including under construction) and the total gross leasable area to 10.8 million m(2) (AARREC, 2015). While there are many regulations and planning legislative frameworks related to the classification and standards of shopping malls around the world, such development has just began to form in Turkey. Although some regulations for planning the retail spaces have existed since the 1960s, many of them lacked both international standards and a national classification schema that fits for Turkey's unique market demands.