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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.

Designing an Inclusive, Automated City

Seattle is booming—the city has more cranes than any other American city right now. At the same time, the city is dealing with a homeless crisis that is mirrored by other major US cities. In the future, inequality might be ...
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The Driverless Clinic: How Buildings Powered by AI can Help Promote Wellness and Enhance Human Connections

Many healthcare projects on the boards at SmithGroupJJR today will not be finished until the early 2020s. Are we designing buildings that support the way our clients will deliver care on opening day? This is a question my team explored ...
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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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