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.
Healthcare Facilities | March 24, 2017 | HDR BLiNK Joel Worthington & Beth Zacherle
Pediatric experience design must evolve beyond the common mantra of “make it fun” or “make it look kid-friendly.”
Green | January 19, 2017 | HDR BLiNK Jennifer Bienemann, Environmental Engineer, HDR
To help one of the most complex cities in the world develop an actionable strategy to meet visionary GHG reduction goals, we focused on strategies for...
Architects | October 21, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Lynn Mignola, Strategic Facilities Planner
Sometimes people look only for the simple answer and don’t understand that there is a calculated process to get there, writes HDR’s Lynn Mignola.

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October 03, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Joel Worthington, Strategic Innovation Designer
Know what you're working toward, be empathetic, and listen actively are three tips HDR's Joel Worthington suggests for conducting a user interview.
Sustainability | September 08, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Lynn Mignola
When it comes to design we are in the business of imagining what could be, not necessarily what is, writes HDR's Lynn Mignola.

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Designers | August 10, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Brian Zabloudil, Healthcare Planner
Engagement at all levels, designing with families in mind, and integrating flexible spaces are all important design considerations to keep in mind for...

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Building Team | June 14, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Lynn Mignola
Recent design trends favor extroverts who enjoy collaboration. HDR's Lynn Mignola says that designers need to accommodate introverts, people who recha...
How HDR used computational design tools to design Omaha's UNO Baxter Arena

The new Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. Photo: Dan Schwalm, courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc. Click here to enlarge.

AEC Tech | May 02, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Matt Goldsberry
Three years after writing a white paper about designing an arena for the University of Nebraska Omaha, HDR's Matt Goldsberry says it's time to cherry-...
Identifying, using, and applying predictive analytics

Photo: Jeff Seeger/Creative Commons

Big Data | March 28, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Branden Collingsworth
Branden Collingsworth, HDR’s new Director of Predictive Analytics, clarifies what his team does and how architecture projects can benefit from predict...
HDR's redesigns Twin Cities' studio to have coffee shop vibe

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Architects | March 02, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Mike Rodriguez
With open spaces, huddle rooms, and a design lab, the firm's new digs are drastically different than the old studio, which felt like working in a law...

Photo: Rachel Park

Augmented Reality | January 19, 2016 | HDR BLiNK Rachel Park
A waning need for office buildings may be on the horizon, thanks to the possibility of working remotely via new technologies like Google Cardboard, wr...

Employers must strike a balance between traditional offices and modern workspaces. Image courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | October 19, 2015 | HDR BLiNK Allison Arnone
Each office workplace requires a different blend of people, processes, tools, and spaces to support its employees. HDR's Allison Arnone has tips that...
Why does an American city of 400,000 feel more compact than a European city of 2.4 million?

View over Paris, at dusk, from the Maine-Montparnasse tower. Photo: Benh Lieu Song, Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 28, 2015 | HDR BLiNK Jim Thomson
HDR’s Jim Thomson brings home some insights from a recent trip to Paris. 
LEGO: An introduction to design

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Architects | June 03, 2015 | HDR BLiNK Amy LaMar
LEGO has changed a lot over the years, but has that been a good thing for encouraging creativity?
Resiliency and climate change: Dual perspectives from designers

Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch discuss the topic of resilency and how it affected the two very different climates in which they grew up. Image: Jupiter

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 21, 2015 | HDR BLiNK Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch
Two geographies, two perspectives, one conclusion: from Minnesota to Miami, resiliency matters, write HDR's Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch.
10 things about Ebola from the infectious disease colloquium

Image courtesy HDR/Dan Schwalm

Healthcare Facilities | April 28, 2015 | HDR BLiNK Ellen Randall
Research institutions know how to handle life-threatening, highly contagious diseases like Ebola in the lab, but how do we handle them in healthcare s...
 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

Image courtesy of Joel Worthington/HDR.

Healthcare Facilities | March 18, 2015 | HDR BLiNK Abbie Clary
HDR's Abbie Clary discusses the design of healthcare facilities and how they affect doctors.
The importance of quiet and the consequences of distraction

Steelcase study recently published in The Harvard Business Review found that “98% of the most highly engaged employees reported that they had ‘the ability to concentrate easily’ in their workplace and that this attribute is a top factor in their satisfaction.” Photo: Phil Whitehouse, Flickr CC

Architects | February 23, 2015 | HDR BLiNK Allison Arnone
Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their time doing heads-down focused work. Once thrown off track, it...

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Architects | January 08, 2015 | HDR BLiNK
Microsoft shut down its tried-and-true clipart gallery, ridding the world not only of a trope of graphic design, but a nostalgic piece of digital desi...

Image courtesy of John Gresko, HDR

Architects | December 28, 2014 | HDR BLiNK
Want to take the next step as a design processional? John Gresko, Senior Project Architect with HDR, explores the traits that many great architects po...

Image courtesy of John Gresko, HDR

Architects | December 28, 2014 | 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 activiti...

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Architects | October 28, 2014 | HDR BLiNK
When using design thinking and iteration, we’ll sometimes spend multiple days iterating idea after idea, heads down, only to realize we still don’t ha...
Architects | September 15, 2014 | 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...

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Architects | August 19, 2014 | HDR BLiNK
Making things is important because it reveals gaps in thought, sheds light on the fundamental assumptions that can kill ideas, and forces us to push t...
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