Like a lot of things in today’s world, the way we shop, and view retail outlets has shifted. Stepping into a store is drastically different now than it was two years ago. With this, what people want out of retail is changing. The traditional commercial or retail centres are shifting to incorporate more engagement, collaboration, and cultural exchange, whether in person or online. This means, space creators must also be space curators.
Consideration around the design of these spaces and product curation has been elevated, especially with the notion of a “tele-everything” world on its way. People’s digital relationship has deepened as our connection with technology extends to uses in our work, education, health care, daily commercial and retail transactions, as well as the most common, our social interactions. With this renovation of thinking happening right in front of us, we wanted to join the conversation, sitting down with David Waldren, Head of Design for Vicinity Centres, Shy Tay, Principal at Arkhefield and Mark Burgess, Director at Place Design Group, to understand their current thinking as we move into a new design era that acknowledges connection at multiple levels.