Author Archives: rdgeditor2

The Great American Outdoors Act and What it Means for You

Marking the first anniversary of the passage of this once-in-a-generation legislation by exploring its potential impact on our local, state and national public lands.

Nature, public parks, open green spaces, creeks and streams – they all have two things in common: they make us healthier and happier and most of them are examples of public land.…

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Designing at the Intersection of Workplace and Urban Environments

An exploration of how to create programmable outdoor workspaces that offer choice and improve physical, emotional and cognitive well-being.

The beginning of 2020 came with significant uncertainty. As we moved forward in the year, the coronavirus began to seep into every facet of our lives, impacting a myriad of everyday experiences – including how and where many people went about their day-to-day work.…

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From the Ground Up: Integrating Story and Site in Higher Education

Exploring RDG’s innovative collaboration with Des Moines University to design a cutting-edge new health science education campus.

The year: 12,000 B.C.

The place: what we know today as Des Moines, Iowa.

Vastly unlike its modern iteration, the ground of this time is blanketed by the Wisconsin Glacier, a large glacial mass that scrapes and flattens the landscape of the upper Midwest like an enormous bulldozer.…

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Zoom Fatigue and Missing Hugs

What it takes to create meaningful public engagement and outreach in a physically distanced world.

Our connections with others have done a 180 during this global pandemic. Everything from our daily interactions with co-workers and neighbors to hugs left ungiven to our families and friends.…

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WELL Design Series: Lighting for Circadian Rhythms and Mental Health

Exploring the WELL Light concept and how integrated teams can create built environments that are visually balanced, enriching spaces to work, live and study.

The concept of an integrated design approach – one that interlaces multiple disciplines to inform the design and construction of a space – is not a new one (we’ve been practicing this way at RDG Planning & Design since our founding).…

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WELL Design Series: Reckoning with Pandemics and Tsunamis

How the WELL Building Standard can address the need for safe and healthy multifamily communities for the next generation of seniors.

The Silver Tsunami. It sounds like a phrase we might use to announce a looming climactic weather event. In fact, the Silver Tsunami is a metaphor used to describe the anticipated increase in the senior population as Baby Boomers continue to age.…

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WELL Design Series: A Case Study in WELL Workplace Design

By taking measurable steps that incorporate WELL policies and ideas, companies can create a healthier, happier workplace.

As my colleague Jay Weingarten, AIA, WELL AP pointed out in his first piece of our discovery article series on WELL Design, most adults spend an average of 90 percent of their lives indoors.…

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WELL Design Series: Who Needs WELL anyway?

Five ways a WELL-certified building might make you healthier. 

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is becoming increasingly prevalent and gaining recognition among the general public. As far as building and construction standards go, few systems, including the fairly well-known LEED rating system, have seen a similar level of recognition among the general public.…

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Ask a Designer: The Art and Science of Lighting Design

An illuminating look at what it means to be a lighting designer and the skill it takes to create visual environments where people can live, work, play and learn.

Architectural lighting design has been a recognized specialty in the industry since about 1935 when a lighting sales rep named Richard Kelly started focusing on selling ideas rather than just lighting fixtures.…

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Art in Healing: The Integration of Story, Structure, Site

Exploring the power of art to develop community identity and connection that encourages collective healing.

As artists, we believe art should be a part of our everyday existence. Many turn to the arts (visual, music, literature, among others) to make connections between who we are and how we feel about and connect with others and the world around us.…

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