Cowles Commons

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 multiple 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 the articulation of this new vision, which included flexible event space, new granite and brick walkway, new native and garden plantings, and dynamic interactive water feature.

  • CLIENT: Des Moines Performing Arts
  • COMPLETE: June 2015
  • SIZE:
    2 Acres
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    Urban Design