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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...

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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...

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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...

Photo: NL Architects’ A8ernA project in Koog aan de Zaan, Zaanstadt, The Netherlands, NL Architects (via SmithGroupJJR)

Smart and Resilient Cities | August 26, 2015
Activating the areas beneath elevated highways, rail lines, and freeways can create...
Moore's Law and the future of urban design

A virtually expanded VA Hospital at Bay Pines, Fla. Using tools like Lumion 3D, planners are able to create increasingly life-like environments and fly through spaces in real time. Image: SmithGroupJJR

BIM and Information Technology | May 26, 2015
SmithGroupJJR's Stephen Conschafter, urban designer and planner, discusses his thoughts...
Where the university students are (or will be)

Image: Pixabay/BlueOlive

University Buildings | May 05, 2015
SmithGroupJJR's Alexa Bush discusses changing demographics and the search for out-of-...
The Competitive Advantage of Urban Institutions

UNLV Campus master plan. Rendering: SmithGroupJJR

Higher Education | April 08, 2015
In the coming years, urban colleges and universities will outperform their non-urban...
10 healthcare trends worth sharing

Illustrations: Bill Kline, SmithGroupJJR

Architects | February 17, 2015
The rise of the medical home model of care and ongoing Lean value stream improvement are...
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