Was it something I said?

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.

FRIB: Radiation and a Pinch of Spandex

Mastering the Art of Superhero Cooking -- By Kurt Cunningham and Atiya Mohiuddin -- Gamma rays are the sort of radiation you should avoid. Want proof? Just remember how the comic strip character “The Hulk” became big, green, and ugly ...
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Abandoned tunnels dug under the SSC site

FRIB, the Mexican Border Wall, and the Death Star

One of these things is not like the others -- By Kurt Cunningham and Atiya Mohiuddin -- What do you think when you hear “Big Government”? You probably imagine large infrastructure projects with bloated budgets, inefficient management, and ultimate failure ...
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Materials Transparency and Risk

Until recently, as architects, our conclusions about the environmental intelligence of materials were informed by metrics that were a step removed from what we actually needed to know. Without access to the actual atmospheric carbon consequences of materials choices, we ...
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AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams: A Miniseries

Now taking nominations for the Einstein of basketball -- By Atiya Mohiuddin and Kurt Cunningham -- If the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the Stephen Curry of particle accelerators, the Facility of Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is Lebron James. Your ...
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Blurring Boundaries with Emerging Technologies and Traditional Design Methods

Throughout time, the design process has included many methods and tools to visualize and test building and urban design concepts before they’re constructed—from scale models of the Il Duomo di Firenze to Le Corbusier’s perspective sketches of future cities. The ...
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A Golden Opportunity: Bringing our Senior Living Philosophy to China

Working in planning and design means no two days are ever alike. Never has this been truer than on my recent trip to China where I spent a whirlwind seven days traveling from Jinan, Shanghai, and Dalian with SmithGroupJJR’s Dennis ...
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The Big Misunderstanding About Micro Units

There is an emerging trend in the U.S. housing market of tiny, studio apartments referred to as micro units. In the context of a growing market, I have witnessed local officials conflating the trend of tiny living spaces with affordable ...
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The Fusion of Art and Architecture (Photo: Emily Hagopian Photography)

Fusing Art and Architecture to Create Healing Spaces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLBYt9Xxwf0 Each is a form of creative expression and perspective. And each evokes an emotional response from an audience. But how do these two forms of expression come together to move audiences in a healthcare setting? Architecture uses space and ...
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The Race to Digitize the Globe

Urban designers and planners frequently consult 3D imagery from Google Earth and other online mapping services to get a sense of existing site conditions. If you’ve used Google Earth or Apple Maps recently, you’ll notice that the 3D imagery is ...
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Does consistency matter?

Calatrava's new PATH station in downtown Manhattan is amazing. A beautiful, anthropomorphic, expressionistic, modern gothic cathedral of light, it sits uncomfortably adjacent to its neighbors, boxes of commercial space optimized for FAR maximization. Its ribs arch gracefully, never embracing one ...
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