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BLiNK is a blog written by the employees at HDR. We are most well-known for delivering architecture and engineering services—for adding beauty and structure to communities through high performance buildings and smart infrastructure—but our multidisciplinary teams also include the firepower of archeologists, economists, builders, analysts, artists and scientists. Our bloggers represent offices from around the world and write about ideas, experiences and insights into our practice and the greater design community. Come visit us at blink.hdrinc.com.

Posted on October 28, 2014 by HDR BLiNK
If anyone would’ve asked me ten years ago what I would be doing today, the last thing I would’ve said is working for an architecture/engineering firm. Marine Biologist? Definitely. Geneticist? Absolutely. A Strategic Innovation Designer? Not a chance. But now I can’t imagine another role that could...
Posted on October 07, 2014 by HDR BLiNK
An acquaintance recently asked me about the kinds of things I did on a day to day basis at work, anticipating a response loaded with enviable activities. She was wrong. Sometimes there is prestige, like groundbreaking ceremonies, topping-out parties, and award ceremonies. The rest of the time we do...
Posted on September 19, 2014 by HDR BLiNK
1. Sketch. Draw by hand. I know our desks are getting smaller and more crammed with computer monitors, but find a space to sketch. This is an essential communication skill. I admit my sketching has fallen out of practice but it’s something I always strive to do more. Sketching is the most...
Posted on September 15, 2014 by HDR BLiNK
None of the hundreds of existing green building rating systems is perfect. Some of them are too documentation-heavy. Some increase short-term project cost. Some aren’t rigorous enough or include contentious issues. But it would be extremely difficult to find many examples where the use of a...
Posted on August 19, 2014 by HDR BLiNK
I grew up in an era before digital music. Turntables weren’t hip because they were vintage; they were standard issue. I’ll never forget my 10th Christmas when my godfather sent me a handheld transistor radio. Without doubt, it was my prized possession. I spent countless hours listening to just...