Designing Dongpo Kitchen: A Recipe for Sichuan Success

At CallisonRTKL, we’re used to complicated design challenges. But one of our latest jobs started with a list of unexpected ingredients: A famous 11th century Chinese poet who loved to cook A wildly successful Beijing restauranteur with a taste for US expansion An L.A.-based theme park icon …and the key to it all: Roast Duck […]

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Design News You Can Use— Office Ambience Edition

Looking for a major dose of news you can use? In this month’s edition of Design News You Can Use, Workplace Strategist Joelle Jach explores how to create the most productive office atmosphere. What’s the ideal temperature? Where should you sit? Do wellness programs incentivize hard work? For answers to workplace’s greatest questions, we’ve got […]

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Reviving the “Lost” Art of Visual Merchandising

It’s time for a revival of window displays, argues CallisonRTKL’s Ignaz Gorischek. Visual merchandising is important not only for a company’s sales but also for its brand. When you’re walking around a mall or shopping district, what is the first thing that draws your eye to a store? The answer for most people, myself included, […]

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DATÜM: Citizen Health

As healthcare costs continue to increase, operators are exploring new delivery models and social platforms to personalize the provision of healthcare services. Companies are pouring resources into this field to create more personalized, secure and affordable health and wellness options.   Mobile Health Influence There is no denying that the age of social interaction and […]

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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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