October 26, 2012

Four ASLA Award Winning Projects

Projects receiving design recognition from the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the 2012 fall conference include: Valley View Park Master Plan in West Des Moines as an Honor Award winner in the design unbuilt category; The Iowa DNR Design Guide with an Honor Award and the Coralville Iowa Riverfront Master Development Plan a Merit Award both in the planning category; and lastly RDG is recognized with a first ever Community Stewardship Honor Award for our 2011 Design Residency Program.

Honor Award recipient, the Iowa State Parks Design Guide is focused on future development of our parks system. With over 14 million visits to the parks each year, this plan's fundamental purpose is to provide a thoughtful long-term vision for the state park architecture in preparation for the year 2020 - the 100th anniversary of Iowa State Parks. Working with the Department of Natural Resources RDG has successfully planned a future Iowa State Park built environment that is preferred and beloved by the public, affordable by its governance, and sustainable for future generations.

Comments from the jury included "...exceptional guide, modified specifically to site...extremely good design...to do this shows great insight."

The Valley View Park Master Plan, a recipient of an Honor Award in the Design Unbuilt category, focuses on future development of a park to be located on the growing western edge of the City of West Des Moines. Valley View Park, situated in a region once was dominated by prairie, is being master planned to demonstrate how the historic native conditions of the site could be reestablished as the foundation for future Park development. Preservation of native hardwood trees, restoration of native prairie areas, and reestablishment of ecological zones within the Park that seamlessly integrate rainwater management processes that mimic an ecologically-based system are just some of the factors being considered.
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Comments from the jury included "...interesting project, lots going on...great design...master plan is beautiful, project shows great thought."


The Iowa Riverfront Master Plan in Coralville, Iowa is recognized with a Merit Award in the Planning category. This Master Plan sets forth strategies to strengthen the connection to the Iowa River within Coralville's City Limits and the broader metropolitan area while creating a regional destination. With input from the City of Coralville, a community action team, and the general public, the Master Plan proposes developing flood-prone property into natural passive parkland, vibrant festival spaces, and recreational opportunities that engage the river.
Comments from the Jury included "...well-done plan, good thought analysis...cool ideas"


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RDG 2011 Design Residency receives an Honor Award in the Community Stewardship category, a new category for the Iowa Chapter in 2012. The Design Residency is born out of an interest of design practitioners, within a design firm, to give back to the community by offering opportunities to college students. RDG's Design Residency invites students and practitioners from varying disciplines to work hand-in-hand to re-imagine their world through a process that is founded upon collaboration, community, and multi-disciplinary design.
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Comments from the Jury "...worthy process...quite an achievement...respect of a multidisciplinary approach."

For more on the Design Residency Program visit the website