Category : Urban Design

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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My 15-Minute City

What it looks like to create and maximize a hyperlocal approach to metropolitan life.

I don’t think I’m alone in my experience of needing to adapt in innumerable ways in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to rethink how we engage with many seemingly mundane parts of our lives – grocery shopping, what to eat for dinner and even how we get to and from work.…

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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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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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Design Residency Explores Urban Redevelopment and Transformation of a Living Community

Eleven graduate students from nine universities across seven states and two countries came together Nov. 5-8, 2019 for RDG’s ninth annual Design Residency.

Residents were charged with solving a challenging design problem: reimagine and reinvigorate the eastern end of Des Moines’ Douglas Avenue Corridor, a section of the city with a highly diverse yet low-income population, deteriorating infrastructure, lack of walkability and accessibility and numerous struggling businesses.…

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