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  • Microtransit series (Part 3): How tech can help transit unlock microtransit's opportunities

    Microtransit series (Part 3): How tech can help transit unlock microtransit's opportunities

    Technology in transit is no longer a nice-to-have…it’s a must-have

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  • From the Design Quarterly: What happens when hospitals move out?

    From the Design Quarterly: What happens when hospitals move out?

    What can our experience designing urban places tell us about planning for the next chapter of healthcare building reuse?

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  • Does your land development project maximize environmental assets?

    Does your land development project maximize environmental assets?

    There is a value proposition to retaining environmental features for developers and home buyers—and it’s changed in the last 20 years

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  • Biophilic design: What is it? Why it matters? And how do we use it?

    Biophilic design: What is it? Why it matters? And how do we use it?

    5 tips to infuse natural elements into the built environment—from plants to pictures

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  • Climate change vs. existing buildings: 8 steps toward energy efficiency

    Climate change vs. existing buildings: 8 steps toward energy efficiency

    There’s a great business case for new green developments, but let’s not forget about investing to upgrade older buildings

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  • 4 advantages of adding retail to the healthcare experience

    4 advantages of adding retail to the healthcare experience

    Retail is changing the perception of going to the hospital—and provides benefits to patients, families, visitors, staff, and the client

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  • The joy and pain of designing childbirth spaces—creating an experience-adaptable room

    The joy and pain of designing childbirth spaces—creating an experience-adaptable room

    Healthcare planners need to focus on creating a uniquely special patient experience for new families

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  • Infrastructure: The most important conversation you’re not having

    Infrastructure: The most important conversation you’re not having

    The critical work of upgrading our decaying infrastructure has been put on the back burner—that must change

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  • A collaborative planning process helps chart a new course in Charlotte, North Carolina

    A collaborative planning process helps chart a new course in Charlotte, North Carolina

    The community-driven South End Vision Plan will help transform the area into a cohesive, dynamic, urban transit-oriented neighborhood

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  • Presenting Design Quarterly 04: Intersections

    Presenting Design Quarterly 04: Intersections

    When the silos break down, connections between people and place grow

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  • Driving economically robust downtowns from buildings that are already there

    Driving economically robust downtowns from buildings that are already there

    Using innovative tools to convert old commercial space and create the environment needed for new office towers

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  • [With Video] Is a paperless project possible? New technologies bring new possibilities

    [With Video] Is a paperless project possible? New technologies bring new possibilities

    From drones to virtual reality, today’s technology is changing the design industry—one benefit is we’re reducing paper and waste

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  • Do you know where your recyclables are? Probably not

    Do you know where your recyclables are? Probably not

    Industry, engineers, and builders partner to invigorate sagging global market for recyclables

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  • How the right-sizing of hybrid operating rooms helps hospitals, surgeons, and patients

    How the right-sizing of hybrid operating rooms helps hospitals, surgeons, and patients

    Advancing technology is moving OR imaging equipment from fixed and cumbersome to smaller and mobile

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  • Designing healthcare spaces for kids: Infusing a sense of exploration and curiosity

    Designing healthcare spaces for kids: Infusing a sense of exploration and curiosity

    It’s possible to maintain a youthful sense of whimsy while staying realistic and on-budget for your project

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  • The science of wayfinding—a formula to increase transit ridership

    The science of wayfinding—a formula to increase transit ridership

    Academic research shows how good wayfinding at transit stops can help increase overall ridership and user experience

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  • Healthy light: How to design tunable or dynamic lighting to benefit patients and staff

    Healthy light: How to design tunable or dynamic lighting to benefit patients and staff

    In medical facilities, balanced lighting choices can stimulate the circadian system while providing illumination for round-the-clock care

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  • What is a smart city? And how can we avoid getting the "Betamax version"?

    What is a smart city? And how can we avoid getting the "Betamax version"?

    When planning for ‘smart cities’ the most important consideration is how new technologies can serve people

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Embracing new technology to improve design

    From the Design Quarterly: Embracing new technology to improve design

    Parametric design, virtual reality, and integrated 3D are changing the approach to design—and it’s resulting in better buildings

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  • 7 principles to create a get-well plan for healthcare

    7 principles to create a get-well plan for healthcare

    If stakeholders in healthcare institutions can achieve greater harmony, our designs will have greater resonance with their mission

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