The urban space is an inspiration for how buildings can facilitate interaction. One example is the Frank R. Conwell School Campus in Jersey City, New Jersey, by Gruzen Samton and IBI Group. “Over and over you see that the connection to the street is important, whether it's a collection of buildings or a single building it's conceived of in an urban way,” Mellins says. “This open area becomes like a main street that you can look across and see what's happening.” This allows for both easy planning of events and chance encounters. Photo by James D’Addio.