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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.

Pink Zoning Detroit: Reducing Red Tape for Small-Scale Development, Part 1: The Pink Process

Zoning policy has been coming under increasing scrutiny for the role it too often plays in restricting urban redevelopment and limiting its potential and benefits.  In a recent article for Bloomberg View, Justin Fox wished zoning a happy 100th birthday, ...
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We can move markets

The more you probe the design process, the more you discover that, though architects and designers have access to a lot of information on the building products they select, they generally know little about the constituent chemistry of these materials ...
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The Museum as Workspace, Part II

The first part of this post explored the reasons why museum workspaces tend to be, shall we say, sub-optimal. This second installment provides suggestions for improving museum workspaces, drawing on the expertise of two of my SmithGroupJJR colleagues: museum planner ...
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The Museum as Workspace, Part I

Ask anyone who works at a museum what they love about their job, and chances are they won’t respond “my workspace.” Generally located in the bowels of the building, museum workspaces are notoriously unpleasant: often windowless and, depending on the ...
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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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