Retail

Part VII: Lean, Mean and Green – The Series

Green Economics: Oxymoron or Symbiotic Relationship We have been leading up to this – the part where ‘the rubber meets the road.” And you probably are ready to hear that you have to spend more money than ‘normal’ for a ‘Green’ building, but that you’ll recoup the costs ‘over time.’ Well, I’m here to tell […]

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Part VI: Lean, Mean and Green – The Series

On Being Mean (Uh, I mean Passionate) Once you start thinking about designing projects in such a way as to minimize materials and resources, then you can start thinking about being tough on the issues that will make a difference.  Once all the ‘fat’ is stripped from the design and construction, you are left with […]

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Part V: Lean, Mean and Green – The Series

Get Lean So with the background behind us, now we get to the heart of the Lean Mean and Green topic – starting with Lean. When I think of lean, I don’t consider shortcuts, ‘value engineering’ or reducing the functionality of the project. Instead, it’s like a body builder. You try to eliminate fat by […]

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Part IV: Lean, Mean and Green – The Series

Technology and The Lost Art of Drafting When I first started in the profession, we were still hand drafting and we did some class work on PCs. At that time, the fastest PC available to us was a 286 MHz system. We worked through design issues, alignment of materials, and clarity of drawings by thinking […]

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Part III: Lean, Mean and Green – The Series

So What’s Happening Now? There was a push in the late 60’s and early 70’s to more energy efficient buildings, passive solar and more fuel efficient vehicles – all in response to the higher energy prices. In architecture, some of the first things we learn about are things like solar orientation, prevailing winds, site orientation […]

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Part II: Lean, Mean and Green – The Series

Changes in Society How has our society changed in the last 50 years? Two significant changes led to where we are today in the planning and design world. They are the advent of consumer driven cars, (and the roadways that support them) and air conditioning (and the buildings that they cool). These two changes have […]

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Part I: Lean, Mean and Green – The Series

Introducing Lean Mean & Green This series of blogs is intended to shed some light into upcoming changes in the roles of those involved in creating the built environment. The role of the architect on building projects has shifted from being ‘the master builder’ in the Roman days, to the ideals of ‘Howard Roard in […]

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What Value Can You Place On Good Advice?

While on the surface the basis of good retail is rooted in great merchandise at reasonable prices, sometimes price does not enter the equation. And sometimes you get surprised when someone tries to ‘down sell’ you to something less expensive. But the reality is that when this happens, the emotion that drives the customer is […]

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Good Retail = Good Business

Have you ever simply looked at retailers as a business model? The basics of a retail transaction include: 1- Attracting customers 2 – Guiding them through the maze of products 3 – Advising on their options 4 – Making the sale 5 – Transaction of currency 6 – Confirmation that they made the right choice […]

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How Is It So?

How is it that business and endurance sports have things in common? Let me count the ways: 1 – They both require long term goal setting. In the case of an endurance sport, such as a marathon, the individual has to set a goal to complete the marathon, or set a time goal to complete […]

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