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Bruce Carlson

Bruce Carlson

CMA

Bruce M. Carlson is founder, principal, and CEO of CMA, an architecture, planning, and interior design firm with offices in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Minneapolis. He has extensive experience in the facility planning of office, retail store, warehouse/distribution and manufacturing facilities, along with complex religious, educational and institutional buildings.

Stories by Bruce Carlson

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Commercial Real Estate

CRE Opinion: The Billion-Dollar Mall

An architect's opinion on the success of the $1B renovation of Westfield Century City in Los Angeles.
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Business

CRE Opinion: Revolution, Evolution, Or A Slow Death!

A few thoughts on the future of the retail industry.
Retail

Bruce Carlson: Say Goodbye to the Malls of Yesterday

Across the country, there seems to be a significant divide between have- and have-not malls. So what can these shopping centers do to attract and retain customers? Here are some ideas.
Architecture & Design

Bruce Carlson: Sometimes You Have To Spend Money To Save Money

We all often talk about performing due diligence as one of the important initial phases of the creation of the project. But right now, with a “hot” real estate market, that phase is often being overlooked.
Retail

Bruce Carlson: The ‘Malling’ of the Airport

Airlines at major hubs provide more than 40 percent of airport’s operating revenue. The big surprise is that retail and restaurant are the second-largest revenue source at nearly 20 percent.
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Stories by Bruce Carlson

Architecture & Design

Bruce Carlson: Adapting to the New Normal in Architecture

There are construction cranes in the sky. Some prices for construction materials may be rising. Multifamily construction seems to be exploding. Some building industry professionals are smiling again. Are we back? Is it over? Are we ready to let the good times roll? Unfortunately, most of us still struggle.
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Bruce Carlson: The Aerotropolis that is Dallas-Fort Worth

The Aerotropolis approach to urban living is reshaping life in Seoul and Amsterdam, in China and India, Memphis, Washington, D. C.—and Dallas-Fort Worth. It is a community that is based upon the global delivery of goods and services.
Architecture & Design

Bruce Carlson: Modular Design—What’s Old is New Again (and Again)

Modular design has been used for centuries, and it's making (another) comeback today. But despite its many virtues, it's a system that's not going to work for everyone and everything.
Architecture & Design

Bruce Carlson: The Paradigm of Biomimicry—Where Biology and Design Cross-Pollinate

Borrowing design ideas from nature is not new—for example, ancient Egyptian column design was inspired by bundled reeds with locust flowers. What is interesting is how large this concept is becoming worldwide as it connects sustainability with architecture.
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