Category : Landscape Architecture

Follow the Green, Grassy Road

Designed to get people somewhere, greenway trails connect parks, link communities and can create expansive networks for non-motorized transportation.

Long and linear, greenway trails often follow the path of natural features in existing landscapes, such as streams or rivers and are sometimes developed along unused railway corridors.…

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Farming the Gold of Design Residency 2015

Our 2015 Design Residency topic focused on “Urban Alchemy.” We wanted to identify how cities can combine existing and proposed urban elements and spin them into social, economic, and environmental gold. We engaged ten of the top collegiate students from across the Midwest in our design residency process, and challenged them to address a loosely-bounded district in downtown Des Moines near the riverfront that included 24-acres of proposed “re-invigoration” projects.…

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Unleashing Children into the Great Outdoors

How natural playscapes can bolster the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical well-being of children.

A group of young children splashes around a pond in search of slithering tadpoles. They tip-toe their way through the grass to observe butterflies and then set about creating a mini track and field area for beetles in the sand.…

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FIVE Sustainable Site Practices:

Through integrated best management practices, we are striving to incorporate measures that reduce the amount of runoff and improve the water quality of every site. There are site and design practices that can assist in creating a more sustainable, regenerative environment, while utilizing a natural systems approach – one that mimicking the ecological systems of the tall grass prairie.…

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Outdoor Ed: The Power of Ecologological Design in Early Childhood Centers

How incorporating design that mimics experiences in nature can increase opportunities for learning and play.

The fundamental realization of the need for ecologically-integrated early childhood centers lies in the fact that children are receiving fewer and fewer opportunities to interact with flora and fauna, particularly in the early development stages of their lives.…

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