SmithGroup Perspectives blog

January 14, 2020
In order to get a broad perspective on what our future might look like, we recognized...
September 11, 2019
One way universities are helping students broaden their in-person social networks is by...

University of Texas at Dallas Engineering Building/ Serves as social hub for students across campus, clubs, and organizations

University Buildings | May 17, 2019
When a prospective student evaluates an institution, they are imagining whether they can...
Healthcare Facilities | SmithGroup Perspectives blog | March 27, 2019
For many health systems, seeking ways to mitigate HAIs and protect their patients is a...
Southwest Water Front

Courtesy SmithGroup

January 29, 2019
Continuous disruption is emerging across multiple industries, and boundaries between live...
Augmented Reality | October 29, 2018
Using AR, vital construction data can be transferred instantaneously from the design...
Autonomous vehicles and the city: The urgent need for human- and health-centric policies

Photo: University of San Francisco

Urban Planning | July 10, 2018
Rather than allow for an “evolutionary” adaptation to AVs, we must set policies that...
ICMA 2017 at San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center

ICMA 2017 at San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center.

Architects | February 21, 2018
What exactly is the Second Machine Age? The name refers to a book by MIT researchers Erik...
Energy | January 12, 2018
As much as 40 to 50% of a building’s energy literally goes down the drain every day.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo., designed by SmithGroupJJR. Photo: Bill Timmerman

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo., designed by SmithGroupJJR. Photo: Bill Timmerman

Architects | December 19, 2017
The LAB2050 initiative digs into the scientific trends, technologies, and economics that...
Higher Education | December 11, 2017
One of the ways in which we are already seeing the use of AR is as an improvement on...
An aerial photograph of the UW Madison campus
Higher Education | September 18, 2017
Recognizing that the future health of the campus and lake are interdependent, this...

Old School vs New School, Screenshots from ProspectVR

Augmented Reality | June 28, 2017
Viewing a building design in virtual reality (VR) allows contributors to better relate to...

Pixabay Public Domain

Architects | May 25, 2017
Many museum staff are resistant to the idea of open offices.
Building Tech | February 23, 2017
How can cities of the near future put an emphasis on equality while also reaping the...
Building Technology | January 27, 2017
In the future, we envision that the smart technology in our phones will be embedded in...

All images and videos courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

AEC Tech | June 13, 2016
Tech firms are creating a highly-detailed virtual planet available instantly for those...

Ball State University Master Plan. Rendering: Michael Bostic, courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

AEC Tech | May 12, 2016
Decision-making at higher education institutions can be difficult, but SmithGroupJJR's...
The 5 most questionable college and university rankings of 2015

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., claimed the number one spot The World University Rankings. Photo: Todd Van Hoosear/Creative Commons

University Buildings | March 01, 2016
SmithGroupJJR's David Lantz identifies five of the most flawed higher education rating...
No eyes on the road: The impact of driverless vehicles

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG, foresaw an interesting interim solution where cars can act autonomously part of the time and be human-guided the rest. Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 11, 2015
The idea that space can be repurposed by breaking dependence on the purchase, maintenance...
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