Des Moines, IA
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Landscape Architecture Overview:
For more than 30 years, the 2.25 acre Cowles Commons, formerly known as Nollen Plaza, has served as a front door to the Des Moines Civic Center and a venue for civic events of varying scales. In 2008, Des Moines Performing Arts hired Ken Smith Workshop - Landscape Architecture (New York, NY) to envision a new future for Cowles Commons through a public charrette process. Through multiple public work sessions and user group interviews the design team developed an early concept for a renovated civic space. In 2010, Ken Smith invited RDG to assist with articulating this new vision, which includes flexible event space, a new granite and brick walkway, new native and garden plantings and a dynamic, interactive water feature.
- CLIENT: Des Moines Performing Arts
- COMPLETE: June 2015
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