When the bling doesn’t bring the cha-ching: Changing demographics and consumer preferences complicate the jewelry industry

CallisonRTKL’s Dave Scurlock discusses recent trends in jewelry retail and posits why the industry needs a massive dose of innovation. In the years preceding the financial market crash in 2008, it wasn’t just pop culture icons rocking diamond-studded, over-the-top bling. Young couples were saving to spend on engagement and wedding rings, a girl’s dream was […]

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There and Back Again: Finding Harmony Between Branding and Design

Hospitality design requires differentiation in both branding and design in order to be successful, says CallisonRTKL’s Kevin Ketschek.  Some of my purist design friends thought I was crazy when I left a past job at an interior design firm to work for a hospitality brand. This, they said, was the equivalent of selling out; my […]

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Building from the Heart

CallisonRTKL LA Office Volunteers with Passive Building Project in Tecate, Mexico Everyone knows the beer, and many a tourist has frequented its spa and ranch resorts, but far fewer are familiar with the small community known as Cerro Azul in Tecate. Located in Baja California, Mexico just across the border from San Diego and accessed […]

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Creating Community: pop-up parks provide active, engaging and inclusive public space

CallisonRTKL’s Eduardo Castaneda discusses how public projects can go a long way in improving urban neighborhoods Last April, residents of Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood opened their doors to find a pop-up park. For four days, the park was open to the public, drawing in guests with programmed activities, outdoor movies, music and art. The Crowdus […]

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The First Lady, SoulCycle and Healthy Cities

Bikes are a healthy alternative to cars, but what would a truly bicycle-friendly city look like? Nate Cherry discusses workout trends, new routines and health-conscious cities. A Soulful Phenomenon In a New York Times article earlier this year, Michelle Obama professed her love for SoulCycle, the TriBeCa-based studio cycling chain known for its heart-pounding, mind-body fusion […]

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Make It Manchester: New Residential Quality Guidance Promotes Innovation and Sustainability

CallisonRTKL’s Michael Dillon discusses smart new standards for Manchester development. With a rapidly growing and diversifying population, Manchester is a city on the rise. Next to London, it is currently the fastest growing city in the United Kingdom— one of the many reasons we decided to open an office in the city this year. Over […]

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Design News You Can Use – Office Myths Edition

Looking for a major dose of news you can use? This month, Workplace Strategist Joelle Jach busts some of the biggest workplace myths. Do exercise balls increase productivity? Is technology necessary in the office? Do millennials even exist? For all these burning questions and more, we’ve got you covered.   Jump around: Detractors of the […]

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Brainstorming: rainmaking buildings could alleviate California drought

Michael Militello and Amar Shah discuss cloud seeding and the skylines of the future. Originally published on eVolo as a part of the 2016 eVolo Skyscrapers Competition, in which this project received an honorable mention. Droughts are a recurring feature of California’s climate, and the current four-year period starting from the fall of 2011 has […]

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Spark Week 2016 luncheon

Igniting Innovation: Spark Week 2016 strives to stifle scarcity

CallisonRTKL’s offices around the world took on the issue of addressing scarcity through design during Spark Week.  Even as Spark Week 2016 draws to an official close, innovative ideas are still bouncing around the CallisonRTKL offices, and it can’t be overstated how inspiring it is to be surrounded by coworkers that are joining the race […]

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Green Breakthrough: the new invention behind sustainable temperature control

CallisonRTKL’s sustainable design expert Pablo La Roche shares his latest innovation on creating thermal comfort 90 percent of our time is spent indoors, so it makes sense that we gravitate toward the outdoors when given the chance. But while investing in outdoor amenities seems like a no-brainer, the impacts of a warming planet make it […]

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