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Wahpeton , Iowa, water tower overlooking West Lake Okoboji

How Lake Communities Can Meet Summer Water Demands

As millions flock to lakes during the summer, cities close to shore will see water usage rates double yearly averages. Here’s how innovative engineering helps lake communities cope with seasonal swings.

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2017 National Get Outdoors Day – Unlock 3 Keys to Success for Creating ATV, OHV Trails

In honor of National Outdoors Day, we’re powering up the adventure with some added excitement and horsepower, focusing on the ever popular all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-highway vehicle (OHV), and snowmobile trails and amenities.

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The Art of Visualization

To help capture the essence of a client’s vision in an easy to grasp format, graphic renderings, video animation, plan production, and 3D modeling can make a huge impact and connect clients to their dreams and goals, making what was once a thought or sketch turn into reality. We recently sat down with Michael Blank, ISG Design Visualization Specialist, to talk more about the craft that helps promote community engagement, build consensus, and earn project support.

landscaping and placemaking in downtown communities

Placemaking: 3 Steps to Finding the Right Fit for Each Community

The goal, for any community, is to sustain a high quality of life by creating spaces of cultural, recreational, and economic significance - an effort urban planning and design professionals have recently termed termed “placemaking.” This community and engagement driven approach incorporates the 3-step placemaking planning process to follow and can help make such City efforts successful.

World Landscape Architecture Month

Embracing + Reflecting on World Landscape Architecture Month

World Landscape Architecture Month may be coming to a close, but the long-lasting impact landscape architects make on our everyday lives, both professionally and personally, deserves to be celebrated year-round.

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2017 Interior Design Trends

Temperatures are dropping across the U.S., but these textures, patterns, and colors are heating up. Take a look at some of the hottest design trends and others on the horizon for 2017.

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Managing the Right Flow: Inflow + Infiltration 411

Reducing stormwater inflow to sanitary sewers through proactive efforts can have a tremendous impact on communities and homeowners alike.

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First Step, Community Planning

Together, design firms, communities, cities, and development leaders can make a tremendous impact, and a solid, but flexible planning process is critical to success.