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  • How an 11-year-old taught a former pro skateboarder and skate park designer a new trick

    How an 11-year-old taught a former pro skateboarder and skate park designer a new trick

    Kanten Russell helps create a Make-A-Wish backyard skate park—but he’s the one who rides away with new inspiration and perspective

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  • Australia leaps toward tailings risk management through adoption of EOR practice

    Australia leaps toward tailings risk management through adoption of EOR practice

    In Australia and across the world, external tailings management programs are being established to mitigate the risk of tailings dam failures

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  • Drought defense: 3 steps to effective water management in extreme climates

    Drought defense: 3 steps to effective water management in extreme climates

    A lifelong New Mexican shares lessons learned in one of the driest places in the US

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  • What role should affordability play when utilities set their rates?

    What role should affordability play when utilities set their rates?

    As water and sewer rates outpace inflation, some utilities are facing an affordability crisis—here are 3 steps to resolve it

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  • From the Design Quarterly: How do designers use narrative as a tool?

    From the Design Quarterly: How do designers use narrative as a tool?

    Ask an expert: The art of storytelling practiced in built projects ranging from America’s most popular attractions to China’s historic fortresses

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  • 3 ways complete streets policies provide social, economic, and physical equity

    3 ways complete streets policies provide social, economic, and physical equity

    Smart Growth America has made a difference in the lives of thousands across the US—and we’re proud to help continue our support

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  • 5 steps for successful delivery of transmission and distribution projects

    5 steps for successful delivery of transmission and distribution projects

    For starters, communication is key, both within the team and with the client

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  • What can workplace design learn from makerspaces in educational environments? (Part 1)

    What can workplace design learn from makerspaces in educational environments? (Part 1)

    How a benchmarking study helps us educate workplace clients on makerspaces and ultimately assess culture and growth strategies

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  • Creating “in-between” spaces in research facilities

    Creating “in-between” spaces in research facilities

    To truly support cutting-edge research and attract the best, health science buildings need rooms for collaboration and informal learning

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Culture 2.0 in the workplace

    From the Design Quarterly: Culture 2.0 in the workplace

    Taking company culture to the next level with interactive, engaging social spaces

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  • Student housing series: Student housing vs. multi-family housing—what are the differences?

    Student housing series: Student housing vs. multi-family housing—what are the differences?

    While student and multi-family housing share a common building form, it’s the student resident that drives the innovation of new spaces

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  • The Water Bar: Serving up conversations about water supply and use

    The Water Bar: Serving up conversations about water supply and use

    Water resources engineering is often behind the scenes, but the Water Bar helps make sustainable water management publicly approachable

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  • How major trends from the past are informing future learning environments

    How major trends from the past are informing future learning environments

    What will safety and security, sustainability, and technical education look like in learning environments 20 years from now?

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  • [With Video] Living WELL: Designing a new home for hundreds with health at the heart

    [With Video] Living WELL: Designing a new home for hundreds with health at the heart

    What does wellbeing look like in a multifamily resident project? Denver’s Lakehouse provides the answers

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  • River resiliency: Restoring function and process following a natural disaster

    River resiliency: Restoring function and process following a natural disaster

    In the face of adversity, it’s important to align stakeholders to foster recovery—and to prepare for the next disaster

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  • [With Video] A hometown girl helps redesign hospital where she was born

    [With Video] A hometown girl helps redesign hospital where she was born

    At Brockville General Hospital, architectural designer discovers the importance of involving her community in their project

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  • Five traits a surveyor must have to help a client find success

    Five traits a surveyor must have to help a client find success

    The devil is in the details—and getting to those details requires listening to the client and providing what they need

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  • From organized chaos to tranquility: Reflections on the Panama Canal Expansion

    From organized chaos to tranquility: Reflections on the Panama Canal Expansion

    Two years after its completion, the site of the Third Set of Locks presents a jamais vu experience to one of the original designers

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  • Creating a new paradigm for traffic safety—trade the car for other transit options

    Creating a new paradigm for traffic safety—trade the car for other transit options

    Studies suggest smart growth policies, complete streets design, and transit-oriented development might help save lives

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  • The perfect battery: Pumped storage hydropower is reliable, rechargeable, and clean

    The perfect battery: Pumped storage hydropower is reliable, rechargeable, and clean

    In the search for better renewable energy options, pumped storage hydropower projects may be the solution, but regulations hinder development

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