We are living in the Urban Century. For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities – a number that’s projected to reach 75% by 2050. This makes urbanism the defining element of community growth and development in our time, with tremendous implications for how we approach planning and design.
SmithGroupJJR’s Urban Design Practice is an interdisciplinary team of professionals with a passion for collaborative, integrated solutions for today’s changing urban conditions. We bring together urban designers, planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers and environmental scientists who view connectivity as the key to urban vitality, and strive to unlock the economic, ecological, and social potential of every project. We help create vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods, accessible public spaces that encourage
social interaction, and restored, resilient urban open space that weaves together the built and natural environment.
We work with development teams and partnerships to explore the integration of new uses into existing urban fabrics, one of the hallmarks of contemporary urbanism. This includes more urban approaches to healthcare delivery and higher education. Destination entertainment and cultural districts. Downtown research/innovation centers and technology incubators. The next generation of senior residential living. Contemporary, mixed-use office environments. Dense, diverse uses all linked together by a connective fabric of complete streets, multimodal transportation, memorable and authentic public space, and green infrastructure. The results go beyond the individual project to create new connections, and inspire a richer and more energetic sense of place.
When you work with SmithGroupJJR, you become an integral part of the creative team because you bring insights that make your project distinctly yours. We listen and we hear. It’s where great design begins. To learn more contact us.
Michael Johnson, ASLA, Principal
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