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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.
Variability: Concept, Stimulant, and Catalyst

Variability: Concept, Stimulant, and Catalyst

In order to better promote collaboration, foster creativity, and augment productivity, the SmithGroupJJR Chicago office reimagined their space and moved into a new agile office.  Various new workspace typologies were introduced: team-based pods, interspersed café-style booths and lounging, adjustable-height desks, ...
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Why Detroit Matters, Part 6: Building a More Equitable Future

Why Detroit Matters, Part 6: Building a More Equitable Future

Detroit’s ongoing recovery efforts have led to a wide range of unique and innovative planning and design responses. For the Why Detroit Matters blog series (parts one, two, three, four and five), SmithGroupJJR’s David Lantz sat down with Urban Design Practice Director Dan ...
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Why Detroit Matters, Part 5 Driven Data: Rebuilding and Democratizing Detroit’s Information Infrastructure

Why Detroit Matters, Part 5 Driven Data: Rebuilding and Democratizing Detroit’s Information Infrastructure

Detroit’s ongoing recovery efforts have led to a wide range of unique and innovative planning and design responses. For the Why Detroit Matters blog series (parts one, two, three and four), SmithGroupJJR’s David Lantz sat down with Urban Design Practice Director Dan ...
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The Value of Things

The Value of Things

Architecture is the making of meaningful places. Architecture creates the opportunity for commerce and culture. Architecture utilizes all of the means of production, technologies, and resources we have available to us. Architecture episodically optimizes our processes in a lean, efficient ...
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Why Detroit Matters, Part 4: Higher Education’s Role in Detroit’s Recovery

Why Detroit Matters, Part 4: Higher Education’s Role in Detroit’s Recovery

Detroit’s ongoing recovery efforts have led to a wide range of unique and innovative planning and design responses. For the Why Detroit Matters blog series (parts one, two, and three), SmithGroupJJR’s David Lantz sat down with Urban Design Practice Director Dan ...
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Why Detroit Matters, Part 3: Made in Detroit: Detroit’s New Industrial Economy

Why Detroit Matters, Part 3: Made in Detroit: Detroit’s New Industrial Economy

Detroit’s ongoing recovery efforts have led to a wide range of unique and innovative planning and design responses. For the Why Detroit Matters blog series (parts one and two), SmithGroupJJR’s David Lantz sat down with Urban Design Practice Director Dan Kinkead to discuss the ...
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