Shea Links: August

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community:

“Take Control at the Food Hall” – Wall Street Journal:
How developers and food-hall owners are trying to make it easier for consumers to navigate the choices and space at food halls (including strategies such as tweaking layouts, simplifying menus, and limiting vendor overlap)

“Instagram is Pushing Restaurants to be Kitschy, Colorful, and Irresistible to Photographers” – The Verge:
A longform piece featuring restaurateurs discussing the impact of Instagram on design, business, and finding a visual hook

“What Amazon’s Whole Foods Buy Means for Quick Service” – QSR:
How Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods could affect QSRs, especially at dinner, with fast-delivery options for ingredients and prepared meals

“The 12 Best New Restaurants in America” – Eater:
Eater critic Bill Addison’s list of the country’s top new restaurants for the year

“You Can Rework Company Culture. Start by Reworking Your Office” – Inc.
A piece detailing how office design (such as distance between superiors and employees and formality of conference areas) can affect company culture

“Supermarkets Face a Growing Problem: Too Much Space” – Wall Street Journal:
With square footage for supermarkets and other grocery retailers on the rise, so is competition—but the customer pool is shrinking as consumers turn to nontraditional options and takeout, so grocers need to adapt offerings

“The World’s Best Design Cities 2017” – Metropolis:
Metropolis’ breakdown of the top urban centers in the world where architecture and design are taking center stage

“The 6 Keys to Building a Great Hospitality Program” – QSR:
How quick-service spots can work to create a warm, hospitable environment for customers

“Design Convergence: The Built Environment Reflects the Work/Life Blur” – UrbanLand:
How offices shift to provide more living-like spaces for work, and how living spaces are providing office-like spaces for work as well

“Why the Mallpocalypse Hasn’t Come for the Mall of America” – Refinery29:
A piece discussing the disappearance of malls and standalone retail stores,  and why the Mall of America has been affected less than other malls (primarily due to tourism and a mix of entertainment and retail options)

“The Business Journal Names Shea-Designed CPM Cos. a Cool Office” – Shea:
Details on the new Shea-designed CPM Construction/Reuter Walton office in Uptown Minneapolis, named one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Cool Offices

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