Category : Landscape Architecture

Huskies by the Hillside: Designing UConn’s Athletic Village

How a contextually based design for the University of Connecticut’s Husky Athletic Village enhances the experience for student-athletes and fans alike. 

You make your way into the park. Step by step, you enter the field and see that you are surrounded by a woodland landscape of lush, vibrant trees.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part Three: Find Your Purpose

In our third and final installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series, we discuss the value of purpose-driven work and how supporting and lifting up others benefits us all.

We officially close out our Women’s History Month interview series with a conversation focused on finding meaning in your career, how important it is to pursue work that excites you and what it means to be supported and offer support to others in return.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part One: Speak Up and Be Who You Are

Our inaugural installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series encourages women to use their voice, advocate for each other and seek out ways to be their authentic selves.

Every March, Women’s History Month offers the opportunity to honor and celebrate the contributions and impact of women The month also challenges us to consider how we can combat historic and systemic inequities, raise awareness about biases and act for equality.…

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A Blueprint for Success: Recognizing Women in Planning and Design

The first in RDG’s Women’s History Month series featuring women who challenge us to be better, dream boldly and create meaning together in everything we do.

Women have shaped our lives and communities in a myriad of ways, contributing their knowledge, expertise, skills and perspectives across a spectrum of industries and fields.…

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RDG Des Moines Office

My Summer at RDG

RDG Planning & Design’s interns reflect on their 2021 experience.

Each summer RDG Planning & Design welcomes a group of summer interns to the firm, offering students a real-life lens into the world of design and planning. During this time, RDG interns work alongside professionals in various disciplines and across multiple markets, learning directly from seasoned practitioners and getting hands-on project experience

As RDG’s 2021 class of interns make their way back to their respective universities, they’re taking a moment to reflect on their time with the firm, and how they hope to take what they’ve learned into the future.…

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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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Therapeutic Gardens in Health Care Design

The power of landscape architecture in creating healthier environments for patients and caregivers.

Long-standing research has shown how the simple act of viewing or visiting an outdoor landscape benefits our health. It’s why corporations value the “corner office” and why picture windows have become a staple in our homes.

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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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