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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.

A Healthy Environment is the Strongest Economic Engine

This past March, at the 13th International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technology and Products Expo, in Beijing, I spoke about net-zero energy buildings and green campus planning. I was there to not only present, but also ...
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Driverless Cars, Technological Change and the Impact on Cities

I recently had the great opportunity to speak at the Arizona Association for Economic Development in Phoenix. The presentation and panel discussion centered around driverless cars and how the technology is positioned to change cities in the future. Co-presenters included ...
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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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