Creative Disruption or Retail Apocalypse: Tectonic Changes to the Retail Landscape

This post is a recap of Cindi Kato’s retail landscape panel at the Urban Land Institute’s Spring Meeting. The impact of online shopping on customer expectations has created a unique challenge for retailers and mall developers. We are currently seeing diverse new digital platforms entering the lives of mall developers, retailers, brands and customers at […]

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Exploring the New-Old Landscape

CRTKL’s David Curtis explores recent developments in building repositioning. Urban centers are growing—and quickly. But as people flock to cities, the scarcity of available land is leaving developers at a loss. When there’s no buildable land left, how do we even begin to accommodate the swelling number of city-dwellers? Well, our first step is to […]

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Disrupting the Fundamentals: Changing the Rules of Infrastructure

At the recent 2017 APA National Planning Conference in New York City, CallisonRTKL released Urban Shift, a compilation of trends and influencers driving the design and development of modern cities along with key project examples. This post is the first in a series that takes Urban Shift a step further in exploring how urban planners […]

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Bigger Isn’t Always Better

CRTKL’s Billy Plummer and Alfredo González discuss why big box retailers like Target are opting for smaller format stores in the age of online retail. If you glance at today’s headlines, you might conclude that doomsday is near for retail. The classic American mall is dying. Online retailers are taking over. Corporations are announcing cuts. […]

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Cleared for Take-Off: 5 Trends for Airport Retail

CallisonRTKL Vice President Kevin Horn pinpoints how travel retail is changing dramatically Once relegated to tired sundries and souvenir shops, airport retail is literally cleared for takeoff. With a projected growth of over 70% in the next four years, it’s one of the fastest growing segments in retail. But it won’t happen by magic; airport […]

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Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot?

CallisonRTKL’s Emily Drake recaps a Texas ASLA Conference panel discussion with planning and urban design colleagues Erich Dohrer and Ken Howell and Peter Braster, Director of Special Projects for the City of Plano, examining how the “Mall of the Future” can rethink the relationship between the built and natural environments. Adapt or die: that is […]

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Future City L. A. Part III- PLURALIST INFRASTRUCTURES

This blog entry is the third of a series by CRTKL’s Nate Cherry that investigates changing attitudes and with them, the changing physical environment of Los Angeles. When considering the future of Los Angeles, it’s interesting to look at the changing role of its infrastructure. I would argue we are experiencing a transformation in our […]

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Scenes from Salone: Inspiration and Installations from Milan

Senior Associate Bridgette Hyde takes us inside her inspirational finds from Milan Design Week 2017 and Salone del Mobile. This April, I attended Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile. As a retail designer, these events offered endless inspiration. Below are installations that are still on my mind and already influencing my work:   YET […]

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FUTURE CITY L. A. – Part II: THE IMPRESARIO

This blog entry is the second of a series by CRTKL’s Nate Cherry that investigates changing attitudes and with them, the changing physical environment of Los Angeles. Los Angeles has always been a place focused on individual expression. With a new generation of creative young people making their impact on the city, Los Angeles is turning […]

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Answering Retail’s SOS: Market Signals Point the Way

Katie Sprague talks finding opportunity in the challenges presented by the ever-evolving retail landscape. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that the retail world is in turmoil, that the shopping centre is dying, or that online shopping is going to drive bricks and mortar out of business, I’d be a wealthy […]

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