Urban Design:

Building the Future of Retail

May 18th, 2017 |
Due to the growing popularity and convenience of online shopping, traditional retail is undergoing radical transformation with unprecedented opportunities to make the shopping experience and mixed-use centers more relevant and vibrant than ever before. The leaders of ELS’s retail studio got together to talk about the trends they’re seeing. Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP, Principal in Charge of the Retail,… more

In Memoriam – Principal D. Jamie Rusin

ELS Principal D. Jamie Rusin, architect, urban designer, father, author, cyclist, mentor, and great friend passed away April 21, 2016. For over 30 years at ELS, he led numerous projects with the common objective of bringing people together through great architecture and public spaces. At the office, Jamie championed a culture of open dialogue, debate, and collaboration. His admiration for academia… more

A Conversation With Jim Hennessy: An Authenticity Reboot on Chicago’s South Side

September 16th, 2015 |
How to Revive a Historic Retail District: An Interview with the Associate Vice President of Commercial Real Estate at the world-class University of Chicago in Hyde Park. In the May/June 2015 issue of Urban Land, my article “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” looked at the elements that give shopping streets and centers the handcrafted, eclectic, uniquely local feeling that many consumers prefer… more

Crafting Authenticity: An Antidote to the Homogenized Mall

August 3rd, 2015 |
Originally published in Urban Land Magazine Take a location with some history, add the right look — and seek the right mix of merchants — to create a retail site that people will want to experience. Article and Photos by Sean Slater In one of the oldest neighborhoods of Oakland, California, a short pedestrian alley called Temescal Alley has recently become… more

ELS Announces Three Associate Principal Promotions

July 7th, 2015
ELS is pleased to announce the promotions of Ryan Call, Christopher Jung, and Gerald Navarro to Associate Principals and Directors. RYAN CALL, AIA, Associate Principal and Director of Urban Design Ryan directs ELS' Urban Design portfolio, which includes significant work throughout the U.S., including the Mueller Town Center in Austin; Sunnyvale Urban Design Plan; Hillsdale Shopping Center North Block Renovation[...] more

Mixed-Use and Retail Outlook and Trends IV

April 30th, 2015 |
For the latest installment of ELS' Mixed Use and Retail Outlook and Trends, Sean Slater (Principal), Ryan Call (Associate Principal and Director of Urban Design), Jamie Rusin (Principal), and David Petta (Principal), pictured from left to right, discuss issues and trends in real estate and retail development. High-end retail and select office and housing markets have led the economic recovery. Other markets… more

Mixed-Use and Retail Outlook and Trends III

November 6th, 2014 |
For the third installment of ELS' Mixed Use and Retail Outlook and Trends, David Petta (Principal), Jamie Rusin (Principal), Sean Slater (Director of Retail and Mixed-Use), and Ryan Call (Senior Associate), pictured from left to right, discuss issues and trends in the retail and mixed-use sector. What are new retail and technological innovations and trends, and how might they impact… more

Mixed-Use and Retail Outlook and Trends II

November 25th, 2013 |
For the latest installment of ELS' Mixed Use and Retail Outlook and Trends, Ryan Call (Senior Associate), Jamie Rusin (Principal), David Petta (Principal), and Sean Slater (Director of Retail and Mixed-Use), pictured from left to right, discuss inspirations, current projects, and forecasts for the upcoming year. Who or what has inspired you recently? Jamie: This summer I escorted my 99-year-old… more

New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-ring Suburbs

Originally published in Urban Land Magazine Retail, housing, and activity are among the keys to successful infill development. And don't forget about parking. By D. Jamie Rusin, Ryan Call and Sean Slater As inner-ring suburbs in the United States become denser, demand for access to nearby walkable urban environments is rising. Residents are looking for shorter driving distances to commercial,… more

The Real Green Opportunities in Retail

Originally published in Eco-Structure By Sean Slater, AIA Sustainable design has come a long way in the past 20 years, but by and large, the retail sector--especially shopping malls--still lags behind property types. The reasons for this have a lot to do with the structure of the developer/tenant relationship. However, while green building techniques may not be as widely adopted… more

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