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China’s Winter Wonderland: Harbin Architects Transform Nature into Spectacle

Each year, Harbin (the capital of China’s northernmost province) transforms the city into a winter wonderland, where architects and artists from around the world showcase their skills by carving massive blocks of ice into intricate designs. The celebration is an incredible testament to human creativity and the resilience of architecture against and in harmony with the forces of nature.

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The Rise of the Smart City

As the technology industry has made a shift from smartphones to smart watches, to home security systems and even smart refrigerators, the concept of a smart home has become practically ubiquitous. So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that we are on a path towards the launch of what is being called a “Smart City.” As technologically-minded architects, we were fascinated to hear this trend develop further and discover how it might impact how we design urban spaces.

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The Intersection of Branding and Architecture

In the dynamic world of architecture, the fusion of branding and design has become increasingly significant. This convergence is not just about aesthetics; it’s a strategic approach that reflects the ethos and identity of a firm or its clients.

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From Instagrammable Walls to Enhanced Customer Service

The retail world is witnessing a significant transformation. The trend of creating “Instagram walls” – spaces within stores designed primarily for customers to take attractive social media photos – is giving way to a more traditional, yet crucial aspect of retail: exceptional customer service.

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2023: A Year in Review

2023 was a year for the books–really, our books reflected that it was our best year yet. After being in business for a decade and some change, we have come to recognize that there is so much more than the bottom line that matters. 

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Accessible Design: Inclusion in Architecture

In the realm of architecture, true accessibility transcends mere adherence to codes. It is an art form that intertwines inclusivity, empowerment, and respect for every individual’s dignity. This approach not only eliminates barriers but also enables people of all abilities to engage fully and independently with the built environment. At COR3 Design, we understand that accessible architecture is about understanding and responding to the diverse needs of all users, ensuring that our designs are not just functional but also enriching and empowering​​.

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Top Retail Architecture Trends for 2024

As a firm with extensive expertise in retail developments, we are continually fascinated with trends emerging in the evolving landscape of the industry. Looking ahead to 2024, experts are predicting retail environments will continue to emphasize the customer experience–with a keen eye towards sustainability.

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