Placemaking: Overused Buzzword, Undervalued Pursuit

The discussion around Placemaking is evolving with new commentary and research stemming from across the human sciences. Today, numerous disciplines from sociology and anthropology to philosophy and environmental psychology all take part in the debate around this concept. Despite these multiple contributors, placemaking is commonly overlooked as nothing more than a buzzword. Danish architect Jan […]

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On the Ground with CRTKL: APAC Leaders Respond to Crisis

‘On the Ground with CRTKL’ is a series across CallisonRTKL’s offices to explore how our people around the world are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we speak to leaders in our Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong offices. Photo: CallisonRTKL-designed Lenovo Campus Global Headquarters in Beijing, China. Read part 2 here.  May Wei: Vice President, Shanghai […]

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There is No Planet B: How CRTKL is Ensuring a Resilient Future

April 22nd represents the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration founded by Harvard graduate student Denis Hayes as a national teach-in about environmentalism. CallisonRTKL’s Matthew Tribe, executive director in the firm’s Dubai office, and Pablo La Roche, associate vice president in the Los Angeles office, reflect on what Earth Day 2020 means to architecture […]

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Connectivity During Crisis: Notes on Resiliency from IT & GTS

Though CallisonRTKL is best known for its work as a global architecture, design and planning practice, the company relies heavily on its firmwide team to maintain its internal infrastructure and allow everyone to do their best work. These are the web developers, the facilities teams, the technology specialists that keep the day-to-day operations of the […]

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Designing Through Gratitude: An Anatomy of Public Spaces

Designing Through Gratitude is a series discussing the strategy, design and implementation of Dallas, TX’s Thanks-Giving Square—the soul and spiritual hub of the community. How do we decide on the purpose of a park? Parks have long been foundational to American beautification and recreation, but why are they there? What separates a pocket park from […]

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The Return on Investment of Design is Here: CX Design

Do you ever wonder why it’s easier for us to remember a terrible customer experience over a great one? The markers of a great customer – or patient, or guest or employee – experience aren’t the moments that “spark joy,” educate or “delight” – rather, the greatest customer experiences are those that you don’t notice […]

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Sustainability in a Material World

Each year, the mainstream definition of “sustainable design” continues to broaden its reach. The emphasis has expanded far beyond energy, water and site into public health, social equity, wellness and transparency– underscoring how our effect on the environment is inextricably linked with its effects on us. As the industry seeks to make the invisible visible, […]

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