The term Retail Apocalypse has surrounded brick-and-mortar retail over the last decade following the bankruptcies and closings of several large North American department stores and retailers. While traditional retailers are facing an “apocalypse,” there is a revolution with digitally native brands into physical retail spaces.
The Retail Design Institute’s Boston Retail Guide 2018 Launch Party was held at the Trunk Club ClubHouse, located at 501 Boylston Street in Boston. In attending, not only did we get the chance to understand the ins and outs of the most beautiful retail stores in and around the Back Bay, but we got the full download to the Trunk Club and their Boston Clubhouse.
Traditional university classrooms with rows of desks and a podium are quickly becoming outdated. Generation Z is demanding innovation and the first place they want it is in the classroom. These incoming students understand that some of the most valuable learning takes place outside the classroom, so why can’t we redesign it and change this perspective?
As colleges and universities adapt online learning as a larger component of their on-campus curriculum, versus a traditionally secondary component to higher education, it’s beginning to impact campus design and structure. In the past, to be competitive as an institution in higher ed, you had to be constantly expanding your physical campus, your on-campus staff and courses offered, and extracurricular student experiences.
Some of our talented designers, Amanda Johnson, Megan Lamontagne and Julie Nelligan traveled to Chicago for NeoCon 2018. This annual event is the cornerstone for innovation in the design industry; and this year the trends presented focused on comfort, technology, collaboration & individualism, and mobility.
When most people think of New England, they think quaint colonial style towns or Federal-style architecture from the early days of America, but there’s so much more to this region than that. From the Bauhaus style architecture of Walter Gropius and Philip Johnson, to the Gilded Age mansions on the Newport coastline, there’s a wide variety to explore. Here are five architecture destinations across New England to explore this summer:
Enjoying a bite to eat in a common space is not a new concept. The Food Hall trend has lunch breakers, tourists and foodies in a craze, leaving mall food courts in the dust. In New York City alone, there are nineteen open food halls, with four having opened in the last year and five expected to open in 2018. With these food halls creating a major shift in the dining experience, we beg the question – what makes a food hall more successful than a food court?