Discovery

A place to share our ideas, expertise, and lessons learned.

My 15-Minute City

What it looks like to create and maximize a hyperlocal approach to metropolitan life.

I don’t think I’m alone in my experience of needing to adapt in innumerable ways in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to rethink how we engage with many seemingly mundane parts of our lives – grocery shopping, what to eat for dinner and even how we get to and from work.…

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The Future of Sports and Recreation Locker, Training and Weight Rooms

A discussion on the long-term impacts COVID-19 will have on sports and recreation spaces and how organizations can minimize exposure risks to keep patrons safe and healthy.

Over the years locker rooms and other sports and recreation spaces have changed dramatically to reflect evolving program needs and end-user preferences.…

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Resilient Design Solutions: Administrative Environments in Higher Education

A discussion about the perceived long-term impacts of COVID-19, and ways colleges and universities can adapt spaces to minimize exposure risks, keep teams healthy and strengthen organizational culture.

Many colleges and universities have begun to welcome back students, and along with those students, a multitude of administrative faculty and staff.…

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Small Investment, Big Impact

How small-scale renovations can enhance the look and feel of senior living communities and positively impact residents’ emotional and mental well-being.

When we think about impactful renovations, we tend to think about large-scale construction projects – work that involves the undertaking of complex, costly changes.…

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COVID-19 Design Series: Imagining the Workplace of a Post-COVID Future

The second in our two-part series looking at COVID-19’s long-term impacts on workplace design and what lessons we can continue to learn from the health care market.

The face masks are on, workers are returning to the office and employees and employers are wondering “what’s next?”…

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Storm Shelters for Worship Spaces and Church Education Centers

Severe weather is a very real part of life for many in the United States. Fortunately, we have the tools to design spaces that can potentially avert tragedy and provide peace of mind.

Though the people of southwest Missouri are certainly familiar with severe weather, on the afternoon of May 22, 2011, everything changed for the parish of St.

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Research and Review: Using UV Light to Disinfect

In the era of COVID-19, an increasing number of markets are exploring the use of UV light disinfection. Here, we explore the benefits and risks of this developing technology.

The discussion about and application of ultraviolet light disinfection technology is not new or revolutionary.…

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COVID-19 Design Series: A Workplace Designer and A Health Care Designer Walk into an Office

The first in a two-part series exploring how offices may now be designed with health care facilities in mind.

Many non-essential businesses are beginning to reopen their doors, and along with this reopening are a multitude of employees, who now emerge from home offices to return to the corporate workplace.…

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Moving Forward, Even Amid the Uncertainty of COVID-19

Proactive community planning is a critical component to the health of any community. And right now, it’s more important than ever before.

The past 12 months have been very interesting here in Nebraska: in the spring of 2019, devastating floods swept across the state, wiping out infrastructure and leaving businesses destroyed; a year later, the global COVID-19 pandemic has flooded our communities in a different but equally significant and devastating way.…

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Four Foundations of Successful Preservation

National Preservation Month offers a chance to consider what it takes to preserve the past to create a better future.

The month of May is dedicated to National Preservation Month, a time to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states.…

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