A few designers from the K&W team attended an Urban Land Institute (ULI) luncheon to hear industry leaders speak about the future of retail. The luncheon featured a panel of retail professionals discussing how development and retail are interrelated. With the shifting demographics, we are now designing for future generation’s needs and wants. Millennials are the driving force for future development, hence the mixed-use developments. A few mixed-use developments K&W is working on, such as City Centre and Century Square, were mentioned as they are/or will be very successful mixed-use developments.
There was also a discussion about the successful master planned communities, such as The Woodlands and Bridgeland; where increased residential home sales support a mix of commercial/retail uses designed within proximity to a town center. Both communities create a sense of place throughout the development. In addition to typical community amenities, a key component attracting future home owners are civic uses, such as churches and schools. K&W is working on the elementary school and high school for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District as well as Houston’s First Baptist Cypress Campus, all located in Bridgeland. Check out K&W’s master planned communities here.
For further information about the ULI Luncheon: The Future of Retail or to read about the speakers, please click here.