MarketScale AEC 12/13/18: A Sweet Tooth for Change


Today’s episode tells several stories, and all of them analyze a different aspect of the industry. We’ll hear from a frequent MarketScale contributor and writer, Beth Osborne, on how airports are remodeling with new technology to increase efficiency and improve flier experience. MarketScale Host Sean Heath did his own narrative investigation into adaptive reuse, and how old buildings are being adapted and remodeled into something hip and fresh. Finally, we get a profile on some of Dallas’ brightest architects, the Bender Brothers, and get a look into their creative process for designing the Instagram attraction that is the Sweet Tooth Hotel. Hope you’re ready for an episode that shows how AEC’s got a sweet tooth for change.


We’ll start things off by digging into an article by Beth Osborne on our MarketScale AEC page. She’s a frequent contributor and writer for us, and with this article, she focused on how remodeling and upgrades in airports are affecting air travel. She laid out the current state of the air travel industry pretty well– the demand for air travel is rising, propelled by the fact that most passengers still find it affordable and are eager to explore the world. In 2017, the increase in demand grew 8.1 percent with an expected growth of 8 percent for 2018, according to Statista.

With more travelers and more flights, airports are responding to this growing demand by expanding and also making better use of the space they have, all in an effort to improve the traveler experience. The catalyst for much of this change is and will continue to be technology. Listen to Beth detail the effects of IoT sensors, facial recognition, digital signage, and more.


Motel revivalism is catching on. It’s a trend in AEC that’s making way for old buildings to get new life, specifically a rebirth of roadside/beachside motels of the 40’s and 50’s. What are the logistics like for saving and updating old facilities? And is this a trend that’s here to stay? MarketScale Host Sean Heath tells a story of why this trend is catching on and why it’s so attractive to developers and vacationers alike. Also included in the podcast: a reference to the perfect rom-com. See if you can spot it.


This interview is one of my favorites. There was a period last year where my social media feed was inundated, and I mean inundated with pictures of a neon-ridden, Alice in Wonderland-style pop-up museum in Dallas, TX. I never dug into it too much, but while hunting for a great profile for our show, we came across the Dallas-based Bender Brothers: Ariel, Aaron and Milan. Turns out, they were the minds behind the creative exploration that is the Sweet Tooth Hotel’s interactive pop-up museum. Gotta look at pictures of this place while listening. They joined us on the podcast to peel back the curtain on their creative process, their dynamic as three brothers who all found a passion for architecture and design, and gave more insight into the wacky world they created at the Sweet Tooth Hotel.


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