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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...

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...

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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