Collaboration

Interior Design for Generation Z

For Gen Z, “Enhanced Communication” Won’t Cut It

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As the fastest-growing generation, Generation Z, loosely defined as those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, has become a hot topic in conversations surrounding workplace design. Concerns abound over their reliance on technology and the way post-9/11 culture has influenced their...

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Architecting Altruism

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Volunteering with the Open Architecture Collaborative has allowed Mike Kyes to experience firsthand the profound and deeply personal impact of humanitarian design projects. In this Q&A, he shares some of those experiences and affirms his belief in the power of architecture to positively impact...

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Bridging the Gap

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Every college and university has its own personality and values system, and it's the designer's job to understand the school’s identity and learning objectives, so that it can support the design and implementation of the type of active learning classrooms most conducive to success.

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Why Permitting Matters

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School projects are challenging for so many reasons. Chief among them: Permitting. In Massachusetts, particularly, good building sites are difficult to come by. Wetlands and other site constraints often restrict development, and many new schools are built on the same sites as the ones they will...

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Getting Your Data Center Started

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Hugely technical and often capital-intensive, data centers are some of the largest, most complex commissions in the SMMA portfolio. In this Q&A, Andy Oldeman, the firm's Director of Engineering, talks about the necessary to tools to get these projects off the ground.

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Embodying the Spirit of Collaboration

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Not all landscape architects and civil engineers are cut from the same cloth; however, the methodologies employed by each profession when tackling design challenges tend to be somewhat consistent. Landscape architects typically approach site design from a visual and experiential perspective, while...

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