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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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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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Reflecting on the Architect Experience

To close out AIA Iowa’s Architecture Month, RDG designers discuss what drew them to the profession, what it means to create a “well-designed” building and how they see the industry evolving amid a changing global landscape.

Each year, AIA Iowa celebrates Iowa architects and architecture by recognizing April as a statewide Architecture Month.…

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A Better Built Environment for the Changing Environment

Designing for resiliency amid the inevitable impacts of climate change.

The infrastructure of our towns and cities – buildings, homes, roadways, buildings, land use –make up what we know as the built environment. These human-made environments are where we often live and work, and they strongly influence how we behave and feel, and can even impact our physical and mental well-being.…

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The Ways Preservation Pays

From affordable housing to sustainable practices, a look at six benefits historic preservation can have on a community’s bottom line.   

My passion for historic preservation began when I was young. An admiration for the beauty of old buildings and the extensive details of these structures ultimately led me to pursue a career as an urban planner.…

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Into the (Steel) Woods We Go

RDG’s design for the curved steel trees at Iowa’s Lauridsen Amphitheater creates an iconic structure that inspires awe and wonder.

There is music between the trees in Water Works Park. Hugging the bank of Raccoon River near downtown Des Moines, Iowa, the 1,500-acre riverside woodland area is one of the country’s largest urban parks, an outdoor oasis in the heart of the city.…

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Create Meaning Together With Design Residency

Meeting The Challenges of Climate Change

In October 2018, RDG Planning and Design hosted its 8thannual Design Residency, a 3-day charette style learning event which gathers the nation’s top graduate students from many fields to address complex community problems.…

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