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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.

Redefining the Way We Work: Design Evolution Through Research and Prototyping

At SmithGroupJJR, we believe that great design emerges through the iteration, research, and prototyping of design solutions. And our success is derived from our understanding that no two clients are the same—including when we are our own client. As we ...
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Emphasizing Wellness and Humanity in an Onrush of Innovation

How do we design human-focused spaces for a world that is becoming increasingly automated? It’s a gnawing question for architects, now and in an inevitable technological future. SmithGroupJJR has been studying how such technological disruption, along with other socio-economic, demographic ...
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How Universities Are Falling Back in Love With Their Brutalist Buildings

I’ve been thinking about Brutalism lately. Several universities in the Washington, DC area—which is an epicenter of the concrete-heavy mid-century style—have recently commissioned feasibility studies to decide the fate of their Brutalist campus buildings. It’s easy to see why; built ...
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Putting Innovations in Practice into Hyperdrive

This past September, I had the opportunity to participate in SmithGroupJJR’s inaugural IdeaLab, an intensive crowdsourcing and idea generation program focused on researching a design problem and fostering solutions. Thanks to the hard work of our very own Erin McNamara, ...
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Winter is Coming to FRIB

...Summon the dragons! -- By Kurt Cunningham and Atiya Mohiuddin -- In our previous posts, we explored the work at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), why it’s important, and some of the hazards involved in the science. Today ...
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FRIB is Cancer’s Worst Nightmare

...And a Halloween costume idea to rival Ken Bone -- By Atiya Mohiuddin and Kurt Cunningham -- Americans take a vote on the fate of humanity in a few weeks. So today, let’s cut to the chase. How did our ...
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