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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.
Putting Wastewater to Work: America’s Next Great Energy Source

Putting Wastewater to Work: America’s Next Great Energy Source

Part one in a three-part series Lexicographers trace the old saying “waste not, want not” back to late 18th century England. It took us engineers a couple of centuries to catch on, but finally we’re embracing a very literal interpretation ...
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Leading Communities in the Second Machine Age

Leading Communities in the Second Machine Age

Throughout history, technology has presented us with new ways of seeing and adapting to the world, enlightening the human condition during difficult times. Our technological prowess gave us agriculture, which allowed humanity to cluster into cities. You know the story ...
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From Pink Zone to Mix Tape

From Pink Zone to Mix Tape

While the name has changed, Mix Tape is part of our ongoing effort with the City of Detroit and the Knight Foundation to advance innovative regulatory mechanisms to promote small-scale development projects and medium-density “missing middle” housing. Over the past ...
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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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