Archinect - News 2014-10-20T05:59:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109343375/zaha-hadid-launches-luxury-homeware-range-with-harrods Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T22:44:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17ba721321c8b50afbe763a2828a45da.jpg" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the sinuous curves of the bone china teacups don&rsquo;t betray their creator then the gently undulating Aqua Platter surely will. Dame Zaha Hadid has launched her first &ldquo;luxury homeware line&rdquo; and the exclusive Harrods range, which includes a &pound;9,999 serving platter, boasts the signature aesthetic of the acclaimed architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98163364/zaha-hadid-granite-marble-furniture-collection-for-citco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Granite &amp; Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98090199/in-at-the-deep-end-zaha-hadid-takes-the-plunge-into-swimwear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In at the deep end: Zaha Hadid takes the plunge into swimwear</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84210724/zaha-hadid-designs-superyachts-for-blohm-voss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Designs Superyachts For Blohm+Voss</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05ced60f451da3ceee70083bc4ca0b8f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/005c3a5e07ad382d4a0c137de80cf894.jpg"><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104280778/each-material-a-mockery-of-its-100-year-old-rowhouse-neighbors Each Material a Mockery of its 100-year-old Rowhouse Neighbors Fred Scharmen 2014-07-16T00:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T20:03:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rx2kmibhx7pnwdoh.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not long enough to be comfortably horizontal, the building was also too tall for its shallow depth and too wide to be reasonably vertical. Both horizontal (modern) and vertical (historic) orientations were on display in the surrounding Seton Hill neighborhood. This bastard was of neither parent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architect and critic Klaus Philipsen takes the incursion of a faux historicist 7-11 into the westside of Baltimore's downtown to task.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103784247/dubai-planning-the-world-s-biggest-shopping-mall Dubai planning the world's biggest shopping mall Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:03:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/ba3b2da8a82f57220b9a1750c2da4da8.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is already home to the biggest shopping mall in the world, but that apparently isn't enough. The emirate is planning an even bigger mall, one so massive it's already being described as a temperature-controlled city. It's going to be called Mall of the World, and will stretch for 48 million square feet. The plan may seem curious to Americans watching their neighborhood shopping malls start to fade.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/100056538/bohlin-cywinsky-jackson-and-eckersley-o-callaghan-tapped-for-apple-s-upcoming-madison-avenue-store Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson and Eckersley O'Callaghan tapped for Apple's upcoming Madison Avenue store Archinect 2014-05-19T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:00:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/oun92gq6kepi6o07.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Longtime partners Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson and Eckersley O'Callaghan have been brought in to revamp the 93-year-old former United States Mortgage and Trust Company building at the corner of East 74th Street and Madison Avenue, according to New York City building permits.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/99419973/what-it-s-like-to-be-a-walmart-architect What It’s Like To Be A Walmart Architect Alexander Walter 2014-05-08T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:03:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a764a29a63676d817c82f175061d0b5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>in Washington, D.C., the retail behemoth gave architects more creative license. The result is a move away from the blandness of Big Box in favor of place-based design. [...] I got a call from Gabe Massa of MMA Architects, who helped design this Walmart. I asked him how it was that this store managed to be so different and he laughed. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a really loaded question,&rdquo; he said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97039584/construction-update-zhongxun-times-by-10-design-in-chongqing Construction update: Zhongxun Times by 10 Design in Chongqing Justine Testado 2014-04-04T17:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:15:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/otc6c2e84x21qzj2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction has been underway for <a href="http://archinect.com/10design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 Design</a>'s Zhongxun Times in recent months in the historic city of Chongqing, China. Commissioned by the ZhongXun Group, the mixed-use office and retail development is phase one of the Danzishi Central Business District, which 10 Design masterplanned.</p><p>Corporate investors NVC-Lighting Chongqing, Energy Investment Real Estate, Sinosteel Investment Group, and ZhongXun Group developed the 14-plot scheme of the Danzishi CBD seeking economic enhancement for Chongqing -- China's largest municipality.</p><p>Zhongxun Times is expected to be complete by spring 2015.</p><p>Here's more project info from 10 Design:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h70r3gv9th91fkt6.jpg">"This mixed use office and retail development sits centrally within the new Danzishi Central Head Quarters in Chongqing, that sits on the banks of the Yangtze River.</p><p>The brief was to create an interactive retail environment that would interact and reflect with the rich topography that Chongqing is renowned for."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36wxno2wgc8ctou5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rkolk0t79371a3ys.jpg"></p><p>"The site set many challenges with a level difference o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94502910/construction-update-kohn-pedersen-fox-s-riverside-66-in-tianjin-china Construction Update: Kohn Pedersen Fox's Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China Justine Testado 2014-02-27T15:52:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:06:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/98k39h9lvnxqgkpe.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.kpf.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox</a>'s Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China is steadily working its way to completion, scheduled for this September. The 10-year retail project will be one of China's longest buildings, with a 350-meter "super shell" made of 22 seven-story concrete ribs and 10,000 panels of glass. At this point, Riverside 66's structure is now complete and its enclosure will be finished in April.</p><p>The project is already decked out with numerous awards including the NY AIA Design Award, the Architectural Review Future Award, and a recent pre-LEED Gold certification.</p><p>Check out the newest construction photos and images KPF shared with us:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1bu8apkvr02m0slr.jpg"></p><p>"When it opens this fall, the megastructure of the Riverside 66 retail project in Tianjin will complete a new phase of He Ping Lu becoming the centerpiece of the Hai He commercial district, and will be prominently visible from the Hai He River...</p><p>In the words of KPF Design Principal James von Klemperer, 'Now that the structural frame is complete, to wander inside a ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87144729/amazon-reportedly-eyeing-up-london-underground-ticket-offices-as-delivery-drop-off-points Amazon Reportedly Eyeing Up London Underground Ticket Offices As Delivery Drop-Off Points Alexander Walter 2013-11-22T14:05:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:03:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab7eb5a938fb94b203ddae764df245e8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] London&rsquo;s mayor, Boris Johnson, who yesterday announced that almost all ticket offices on the London Underground transport network would close by 2015 [...]. There are 268 ticket offices on the network in total, and around 260 are set to close [...] Ecommerce giant Amazon is reportedly in talks with Transport for London to use the closed ticket offices as &ldquo;drop off&rdquo; points for deliveries.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>It makes plenty of sense for Amazon to be eyeing up prime Tube real-estate &mdash; which could enable it to build out a whole conveniently-sited network of its delivery Lockers in the U.K. Capital &mdash; giving London&rsquo;s commuters a handy stop-off point to get their goods.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84452042/what-starbucks-gets-that-architects-don-t What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don’t Nam Henderson 2013-10-18T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-10-24T15:30:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f84pidohbf3zopl9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The round tables at Starbucks were the result of asking the question how do we want people to feel before considering what do we want them to do...Form follows feeling.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Christine Outram (currently the Senior Inventionist at Deutsch LA.) penned an essay regarding what architects can learn from Starbucks, when it comes to human centered design. Specifically, in terms of user research, ethnography etc.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83159912/sou-fujimoto-designs-new-mixed-use-building-for-miami-design-district-s-palm-court Sou Fujimoto designs new mixed-use building for Miami Design District’s Palm Court Justine Testado 2013-10-01T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-02T11:46:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/dewn0islvjt7klm2.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Miami Design District recently revealed the design plan for its new mixed-use building commissioned to award-winning architect Sou Fujimoto. Set to be constructed in Miami's largely pedestrian Palm Court, the new building will be a vibrant addition to the neigborhood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/83055295/ikea-to-begin-selling-solar-panels Ikea to begin selling solar panels Archinect 2013-09-30T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-04T11:19:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yu8ue0blcee406ig.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is to sell solar panels at its British stores for the first time in an attempt to tap growth in the heavily subsidised green energy market. The world's biggest furniture retailer, best known for cheap basics such as its Billy bookcases and Ektorp sofas, plans to offer solar panel packages at all of its 17 British stores within the next 10 months.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81002758/apple-s-new-architectural-design-language-makes-its-debut-in-stanford Apple’s new architectural design language makes its debut in Stanford Archinect 2013-09-03T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T19:37:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bc601b5a9ed9929217d2abd8425cb21.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design and space organization simplifies the visual experience for passersby and visitors even more than current designs. It also provides unprecedented visibility into the store from nearly 315 degrees, including from the sides as mall visitors arrive from other points in the mall. In the photo above, the underside of the overhanding roof is visible, covered with stainless steel panels. The back wall of the store is medium-gray stone framing the back-lit graphic displays.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80596440/bolles-wilson-transforms-historic-hanomag-u-boat-hall-into-stylish-retail-outlet BOLLES+WILSON transforms historic Hanomag ‘U-Boat Hall’ into stylish retail outlet Justine Testado 2013-08-29T14:45:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:47:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4jvlkcqhbp0wbjlv.jpg" width="514" height="707" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://www.bolles-wilson.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolles+Wilson</a> was commissioned to redesign the historic Hanomag "U-Boat Hall" into an RS+Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hanover, Germany&mdash;yet another example in the repurposing of unused industrial spaces and fusing the past with the present.</p> <p> The contemporary furniture pieces and the U-Boat Hall's warehouse atmosphere are an interesting juxtaposition, and both vie for visitors' attention. Wooden flooring and bright-colored accents contrast against the rusty columns of the structure, an intended U-boat production site that halted construction in 1944. A brick wall on one side of the building's interior adds hip appeal that complements the outlet store's colorful inventory.&nbsp; On the other hand, the structure's original components&mdash;in addition to its enormous size&mdash;are hard to ignore, almost to the point where it becomes the main showpiece.</p> <p> What do you think of B+W's redesign? Scroll down to see some images and more details.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/po6mht33jbablqp6.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Interior of the U-Boat Hall. Photo by Olaf Mahlstedt. &copy; ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73838932/sears-to-convert-defunct-department-stores-into-data-centers Sears to convert defunct department stores into data centers Archinect 2013-05-24T14:51:00-04:00 >2013-05-29T12:52:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58ac232c0ae71627c35f18bbebe1db23.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sears Holdings, the 120-year old retailer (which now includes Kmart), plans to start converting its struggling and defunct department stores into data centers, Data Center Knowledge reported today. A new unit of the company, Ubiquity Critical Environments, will lead the charge. Thanks to Walmart, specialty shops, an economic downturn and&mdash;the sweet irony&mdash;online shopping, department stores are heading toward extinction, and Sears is feeling the pain particularly hard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73765791/zaha-hadid-beyond-buildings-architect-launches-new-design-gallery Zaha Hadid beyond buildings: architect launches new design gallery Archinect 2013-05-23T13:01:00-04:00 >2013-05-23T19:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2w7x6w738a36s17.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>She has become a global brand so desirable that her buildings in China are now being pirated &ndash; before they are even finished. So what territory is left to conquer? The answer might be found by peering through the windows of an innocuous looking building on Clerkenwell Road in east London, which opened this week as the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery, part of Clerkenwell Design Week.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73178595/china-s-ghost-mall China's 'ghost mall' Archinect 2013-05-14T20:15:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:06:57-04:00 <em><p>The New South China Mall was once promoted as the world's biggest mall, but it's now pretty much deserted.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72421827/staples-announces-they-will-be-the-first-major-u-s-retailer-to-sell-3d-printers Staples announces they will be the first major U.S. retailer to sell 3D Printers Archinect 2013-05-03T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:51:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6k9fujwsgk25dlfy.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Staples, the world&rsquo;s largest office products company and second largest e-commerce company, today became the first major U.S. retailer to announce the availability of 3D printers. The Cube&reg; 3D Printer from 3D Systems, a leading global provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, is immediately available on Staples.com for $1299.99 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/71066844/apple-is-rumored-to-hire-foster-to-revamp-its-retail-stores Apple is rumored to hire Foster to revamp its retail stores Archinect 2013-04-11T15:01:00-04:00 >2013-04-13T02:15:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w2/w20lcpycdls5ug5r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sources close to the project said Foster + Partners... is helping Apple on the retail store design brief.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has reached out to us about an error in the cited article at Marketing Magazine...</p> <p> <em>The Regent Street and Fifth Avenue Apple Store were not designed by Eight Inc., but by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.&nbsp; We also continue to have a very collaborative relationship with Apple Inc., and are fortunate to be working with their Retail Development Team on many new stores worldwide.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66634129/apple-trademarks-design-of-its-retail-stores Apple trademarks design of its retail stores Archinect 2013-01-31T13:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-05T09:30:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kp2f3xwu9j2gxi86.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple's request last week for trademarks on the minimalist design and layout of its retail outlets, the office's records show. The description of the trademarks includes "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade" and, within the store, an "oblong table with stools...set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65221528/cahier-d-exercices-by-saucier-perrotte-architectes Cahier d'Exercices by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Archinect 2013-01-10T14:58:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:18:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7589wkf4gki60h.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Cahier d&rsquo;Exercices is located at the entrance level of the historic Ross warehouse-store.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The stone fa&ccedil;ade, its cast iron columns, and an expansive brick wall (punctuated with pieces of wood and metal) that runs the length of the store recall the 19th Century building&rsquo;s industrial past as a retailer of large tissues, leathers and furs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bq/bqlesyzvvg3g6axh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Crossing the threshold, the visitor is invited to explore the boutique by the clever use of a &ldquo;degrad&eacute;&rdquo; &mdash; or gradient effect &mdash; on the ceiling.&nbsp; The colour changes gradually from a reflective, latex-like black to a pure diaphanous white, drawing visitors toward a reflective, opalescent mirror that extends the perspective of the space.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rp/rpe7xoqdtcrh0pe9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Placed at distinct intervals and delicately suspended from the ceiling, the racking system was custom designed by the architect to permit the clothing displayed to be perceived as a changing and evolving building material.&nbsp; Slightly reminiscent of the sculptural work of artist Fred Sandback, the straight, c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62430301/history-honoured-in-german-retail-centre-revamp History Honoured in German Retail Centre Revamp Anna Johnson 2012-11-30T15:03:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:57:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lf/lf379xuanjnksg7s.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern retailers go to extremes to make their mark and compete within an increasingly competitive market. This often goes beyond out the box design ideals such as virtual retail or smartphone-based shopping processes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30337008/the-covert-birth-of-apple-s-next-santa-monica-store The covert birth of Apple's next Santa Monica store Archinect 2011-12-09T13:58:00-05:00 >2012-11-16T18:04:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/180d92d0d8e6fe30c9d3d0a90792a7b9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... according to a person familiar with the plans who is bound by a nondisclosure agreement, Apple has already begun work on such a store in Santa Monica. Like the Peter Bohlin-designed Apple Store on New York's Upper West Side, it will have a tall, striking glass storefront...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Santa Monica store episode also illustrates Apple's unusually covert way of doing business. Interviews with almost two dozen people familiar with Apple Store negotiations say the Cupertino, California, company sometimes employs uncommon legal tactics, refuses to name itself in public documents and hearings, and has sworn city government officials to secrecy.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62759586/this-starbucks-cafe-is-made-from-shipping-containers This Starbucks cafe is made from shipping containers Archinect 2011-12-08T12:19:00-05:00 >2012-12-04T23:20:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80nqsfcc0t1f6myl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We already suspected the Starbucks of the future might be serving a whole lot of juice. Now, it looks like tomorrow&rsquo;s Starbucks cafes might be rectangular and metal &mdash; and look suspiciously like shipping containers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/16355009/apple-updating-5th-avenue-cube-with-new-glass-technology Apple Updating 5th Avenue Cube with New Glass Technology Archinect 2011-08-09T18:58:42-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eab1f319a45ddde59b04f5575b5dd86d.jpg" width="468" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We've just discovered Apple will be updating their iconic Cube structure at their midtown Manhattan retail location, replacing the current cube of 90 panes with just 15 massive, and I mean massive, pieces of glass... The slabs will be roughly 10 feet wide by a whopping 32 feet high, and held together using some sort of secret, proprietary connector that will reportedly be embedded within the glass itself, rather than being comprised of mere external clips.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/4535826/who-owns-the-consumer Who owns the consumer? J. James R. 2011-04-29T00:03:43-04:00 >2011-04-29T17:11:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1ep1rcygx6zjlj2.jpg" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The danger today comes from a shopper who walks into a store as if it were a product showroom. She pulls out a smart device and begins scanning barcodes using the Red Laser or Shopsavvy mobile app. She researches specs, prices and recommendations, and then makes a purchase from a low-cost retailer. Consumers are redefining how they shop and retailers are racing to catch up.</p></em><br /><br /><p> At the Retail Technology Conference, which happened April 13-15, retailers were coping with a new phenomenom regarding shopping habits&mdash; how smartphone-enriched shoppers are treating bricks-and-mortar retailers like galleries and museums. Macy's CEO, Terry Lundgren, says that traditional stores have to be as interesting as the online experience in the age of wireless.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This interaction of consumer with retail store, mobile phone and wireless internet is referred to as "omni-channel." But, all is not necessarily lost. Brian Kilcourse, of RSR Research, says that 95% of all retail purchases are still fulfilled through the store. Given the fast growth of "omni-channel" shoppers, there are more consumers who are increasingly knowledgeable about both price and information.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Perhaps, the most interesting and most relevant architectural tidbit is this, "retailers need to be able to understand and see into the consumer&rsquo;s pathway to purchase, and this cannot be done only after a t...</p>