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SmithGroupJJR’s practice experts share their unique perspective on the issues, trends and innovations shaping inspired architectural, engineering, planning and design solutions. Comments and counter-points are welcomed.
World Landscape Architecture Month: Celebrating Our Profession

World Landscape Architecture Month: Celebrating Our Profession

I strongly believe that if we work a third of our lives and sleep a third of our lives, the remainder should be spent outside, either alone or with partners, friends, and loved ones to find respite and solace, be ...
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Design-Build Then and Now: SmithGroupJJR at the Forefront

Design-Build Then and Now: SmithGroupJJR at the Forefront

One of the most intriguing reasons behind why I wanted to work for SmithGroupJJR was that they are the oldest operating architecture and engineering firm in the country. Founded in 1853 by Sheldon Smith in Detroit, the firm has gone ...
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It’s the Year of the Anacostia. There’s much to celebrate.

It’s the Year of the Anacostia. There’s much to celebrate.

When was the last time a panel discussion felt more like a celebration? In December of 2017, SmithGroupJJR hosted a Metropolis Magazine Think Tank panel discussion on Waterfront Development and Urban Resilience. Moderated by Susan Szenasy, Director of Design Innovation ...
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Putting Wastewater to Work: America’s Next Great Energy Source

Putting Wastewater to Work: America’s Next Great Energy Source

Part one in a three-part series Lexicographers trace the old saying “waste not, want not” back to late 18th century England. It took us engineers a couple of centuries to catch on, but finally we’re embracing a very literal interpretation ...
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Leading Communities in the Second Machine Age

Leading Communities in the Second Machine Age

Throughout history, technology has presented us with new ways of seeing and adapting to the world, enlightening the human condition during difficult times. Our technological prowess gave us agriculture, which allowed humanity to cluster into cities. You know the story ...
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From Pink Zone to Mix Tape

From Pink Zone to Mix Tape

While the name has changed, Mix Tape is part of our ongoing effort with the City of Detroit and the Knight Foundation to advance innovative regulatory mechanisms to promote small-scale development projects and medium-density “missing middle” housing. Over the past ...
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