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SmithGroup’s Design Digest features new insight and innovative approaches to the key issues driving design and shaping our future. In this inaugural issue, we tackle one of the biggest challenges facing the design industry and our planet: the global climate crisis.

This collection highlights our integrated thinking for accelerating decarbonization and enhancing community resilience across a compelling range of projects and markets.


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Designing for Climate Change: “Optional” is No Longer an Option 

Is the design industry doing enough to address the challenges that building owners and tenants face due to climate change? Nancy Kohout and Lisa Denlinger outline five ways designers can have an impact on climate change now. 

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Meeting the Challenge of Decarbonization

Meeting the Challenge of Rapid Decarbonization

SmithGroup held a roundtable in the nation’s capital with a think-tank of A/E industry experts to explore rapid decarbonization. The resulting summary highlights programs, processes, tools and technologies that are changing the game for how quickly and sustainably we can advance decarbonization by design. 

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Building a Climate-Resilient Healthcare System: What is your Plan?

The growing severity and frequency of climate-change fueled disasters poses huge challenges for keeping hospitals operational during and after these disruptive events. Greg Heppner explores what healthcare providers can do to become more resilient. 

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