Our Brand Experience Studio recently curated a collection of stores that identify emerging global retail trends, referencing benchmark projects conceived at the intersection of visionary and ambitious thinking. The examples explore innovative and award-winning approaches, technologies and materials that make up todays retail environments and we invite you to view the presentation online. Before you do, a little background and some highlights on the Retail Design Institute’s 45th International Store Design Competition & Gala celebrating those influencing our Industry …
Who would have thought it – a Brit, living in California, guiding hundreds of visitors around NYC. For the second year in a row, I was invited to present at NRF’s 105th Annual Convention & EXPO last month. The event boasts more than 33,500 attendees, miles of EXPO, mind-bending technology and dozens of thought-leadership sessions. I took the opportunity to invite three retail brands to join me on stage – Chris Derringer, IT Leader at Microsoft Retail, Nick Stowe, CEO of Nixon and Jonathan Luster, Vice President Market and Concept Development at Lowes, each offering our attendees a unique perspective and insight. READ MORE
To kick off the new year, we started a drawing, sent it to all of our offices across the U.S. and watched it evolve. When given room to grow, it’s exciting to see where creativity will lead.
Workplace professionals from all over the world emerged in Denver last month to attend World Workplace 2015. The theme of this year’s conference was focused on a central message “Collaborate to Innovate”. More than 4000 attendees from over 40 countries gathered to share thought leadership and attend immersive learning sessions ranging from Innovation in the Workplace, Wellness, Sustainability, Workplace Strategies, to day to day Facility Management. READ MORE
Or, even more of a stretch, can structural engineers help artists engage communities while improving the environment?
That’s exactly what the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is doing and I’m pleased that we at Little are their technical arm, providing engineering and permitting services.
The McColl Center’s Environmental Artist-in-Residency program creates an avenue for artists to engage and enrich local communities through environmental art – unique art installations that improve the environment, with the help of the community. Many of their current artist residencies are directed towards Brightwalk in Charlotte (just north of town at the intersection of LaSalle and Statesville), “a new community in Charlotte’s North End that’s all about conserving precious resources – your time, energy and money – while fending off nature deficit disorder”. READ MORE
There’s always much debate about tearing down the old and replacing it with new –especially when it’s tied to iconic buildings in our own community. The old Goodyear Auto Service Center building in downtown Charlotte will be demolished in October to make room for Tryon Place, a new mixed-use tower Little is working on with Crescent Communities. In this case, however, the old auto building is not only going out in style, it is breathing new life into a creative community. READ MORE
At the end of June, Thomas Carlson-Reddig, Shannon Rydell, Beth Buffington and I flew down to sunny Orlando for the 2015 ACUHO-I Conference to represent Little as an exhibitor, hit up some sessions on the latest and greatest thinking on strategies and issues in residence life, and talk about how residence life and architecture interact.
After a few minor paper cuts, youtube origami lessons and several heartbreaking glue stick fails, we are left with what matters to us most. Happy New Year!