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The Future of Hotel Design: Human-Centred

Image © George Clerk.

Benjamin Franklin once said there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Well, I’d like to add a third one: change. Change is inevitable and it impacts on everything, not least on the way we design. Over the past 60 years, we have seen a rise in consumer culture, individualism and globalisation. As a result, modern societies are becoming more complex and trickier to understand.

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Mixing It Up: Jazz, Hip-hop and Urban Real Estate

New Changning, Shanghai, China. Image © Gensler

American cities, by their nature, have a way of encouraging shockingly different, even dissonant, elements to comingle and spawn dynamic new forms. Jazz and hip-hop—two quintessentially urban and American genres of music—are predicated on such fusions. Jazz (which was born in what was, for many years, our most diverse southern city, New Orleans) blends African polyrhythms and scales with European chord progression concepts. Hip-hop (which sprang from our most diverse northern city, New York) weaves together snatches of pre-existing recorded material from funk, soul, rock, electronic music and jazz. Such unforeseen mash-ups are the life-blood of American cities.

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The Set List: Rapid Retail When time-strapped consumers want something, they want it straight away.

[©Tobias Zils] Whether in store of online how are retailers trying to keep up with the demands of their impatient customers.

Many aspects of retailing are getting faster. Not only the speed to market of a new product (fast fashion, for example); or online fulfilment (such as experimentation with drone delivery), but also in the way we’re interacting with and experiencing the physical retail experience. As one of the earlier blogs in our series has identified, our busy lives are fostering the growth of concepts based on speed and convenience in a search for Instant Gratification.

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The Set List: Casual Luxury

© Vêtements Fashion Week Paris automne-hiver 2016-2017

We are at the dawn of a new age of luxury where extravagance and pampering are being defined on new terms. Shifting from dinner jackets, opulence and excess, there is a desire for a more personalised experience, with relaxed dress codes, product transparency, fluid social behaviour rules and most importantly - comfort.

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The Set List: How Will Brands Use the Internet of Things to Help Customers Engage with Products and Services?

Mobile, and increasingly, wearable devices are the primary interfaces through which we connect to everything. Social media, information, data, the web, libraries of music and images, online stores… the list goes on.

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