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  • How municipalities can develop comprehensive plans that actually get used

    How municipalities can develop comprehensive plans that actually get used

    Strategic foresight is key to creating an actionable plan that shapes your community’s future

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  • 6 ways to brand your property

    6 ways to brand your property

    Branding can help create an emotional connection to a place

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  • Presenting Stantec Design Quarterly 05: Smart & Livable Cities

    Presenting Stantec Design Quarterly 05: Smart & Livable Cities

    Articulating a living vision for city living―from the smart city discussion to affordability, congestion, and transport

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  • Class is in session: 5 lessons you may not have learned in engineering school

    Class is in session: 5 lessons you may not have learned in engineering school

    Advice to help aspiring engineers build confidence, design better projects, and develop stronger client relationships

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  • Art and architecture meet in the desert

    Art and architecture meet in the desert

    The new Boulder City Bypass shows how embracing history—in this case the Hoover Dam—can influence today’s landscape designs

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  • Education design: How much daylight is right for today’s tech-enabled schools?

    Education design: How much daylight is right for today’s tech-enabled schools?

    Wall-to-wall windows might be too much of a good thing for some classrooms

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  • What happens downtown doesn’t stay downtown: The ripple effects of a strong center city

    What happens downtown doesn’t stay downtown: The ripple effects of a strong center city

    A new report uses data to document the outsized economic, social, and symbolic value downtowns create for their regions.

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  • How a campus master plan can help manage energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    How a campus master plan can help manage energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    Thompson Rivers University proves that a university can pursue an aggressive growth plan while limiting its environmental impact

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  • Downtown Columbus, Ohio: A case study in the mobility revolution

    Downtown Columbus, Ohio: A case study in the mobility revolution

    From scooters to self-driving shuttles, an urban planner returns to his hometown and sees the future of mobility

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  • Is your career and technical education center future-ready?

    Is your career and technical education center future-ready?

    When school districts create opportunities for collaboration in their CTE centers, they help students be ready for jobs that don’t currently exist

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  • Water was always a strong theme in my life and led me to a career in water engineering

    Water was always a strong theme in my life and led me to a career in water engineering

    Water is an extremely exciting industry. There is always a need for water, so water engineering is a career that will never go away.

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  • Micro-lofts: Are these tiny units coming to the suburbs?

    Micro-lofts: Are these tiny units coming to the suburbs?

    Micro-lofts have been a fast-growing trend in urban areas, but can they work well in the suburbs too? Our experts share their insights.

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  • Self-service bag drops and the challenges of speeding up airport baggage check-in

    Self-service bag drops and the challenges of speeding up airport baggage check-in

    More airports are asking passengers to check their own baggage. What’s the ripple effect?

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  • From ancient to contemporary: How to design a monastery in the 21st century

    From ancient to contemporary: How to design a monastery in the 21st century

    Designing modern-day projects for cultural organizations presents unique challenges—and here are 4 ways to deal with them

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  • Creating a new kind of mining conference in Nevada—collaboration and trust are critical

    Creating a new kind of mining conference in Nevada—collaboration and trust are critical

    The most recent Elko Roundtable featured an unbridled conversation about risk and design in the mining industry

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  • Design comeuppance: The call center gets its turn

    Design comeuppance: The call center gets its turn

    A thoughtfully designed workplace environment, amenities, brand message, and name help shatter the mold of a stereotypical call center

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Speak up. Get involved. Shape the future.

    From the Design Quarterly: Speak up. Get involved. Shape the future.

    Designers are problem solvers. We need to have a louder voice in today’s biggest problem-solving conversations.

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  • Student housing series: Designing a home away from home in The Golden State

    Student housing series: Designing a home away from home in The Golden State

    California asserts building code restrictions more stringently than other states, making design challenging for student housing

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  • Joining America Walks opened my eyes—it’s a long path to genuine walkability for everyone

    Joining America Walks opened my eyes—it’s a long path to genuine walkability for everyone

    Walking is clearly beneficial for people and communities, yet assuring walkability for everyone turns out to be a lot of (worthwhile) hard work

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Why a buildings engineer may see an earth tube in your future

    From the Design Quarterly: Why a buildings engineer may see an earth tube in your future

    Ask an expert: Advancing technology means that buildings engineers are integrated into building design early in the process, which could save money in the long run

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