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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.
Technology and Higher Ed: the 2030 Challenge

Technology and Higher Ed: the 2030 Challenge

Over the past several decades Higher Education institutions have had to keep up with the pace of rapidly changing technologies, with the pace increasing even more in recent years. I see the next wave of advances coming from the world ...
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Autonomous Vehicles and the City: The urgent need for human- and health-centric policies

Autonomous Vehicles and the City: The urgent need for human- and health-centric policies

I recently served as a panelist for a symposium hosted by the University of San Francisco (USF), emphasizing policies and plans for livability in response to the promise and threat of an autonomous future. The group’s discussion focused on three ...
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LAB2050 - Top 10 Takeaways

LAB2050 – Top 10 Takeaways

The following top ten points consolidate the findings of LAB2050, which is an initiative SmithGroupJJR embarked on to dig deep into the scientific trends, new technologies and economics that will shape the design concepts of research laboratory environments in the coming ...
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Campus Landscape Planning of the Future: A University of Wisconsin-Madison Case Study

Campus Landscape Planning of the Future: A University of Wisconsin-Madison Case Study

During my undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I’ll admit that I was more preoccupied with my exams and post-graduation plans than with the campus’ landscapes and stormwater management techniques. Fast-forward nearly 10 years, and I find myself deeply ...
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Fast Design

Fast Design

Speed to market and the need for fast growth is paramount for most businesses today, from start-ups to large corporations. It is the decisive competitive advantage in today’s marketplace to decide fast, ideate fast, change fast, and fail fast. The ...
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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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