Community and Economic Development

Participatory Design

The Community Design Lab engages with residents young and old in order to visualize their needs and desires.

ISU LA Students Improve ICIW's Landscape

ISU students Tim Buescher, Jacob Brouillete, and Branden Pentico begin work on employee entrance of the decompression area at the Iowa Women's Correctional Institution.

Fairfield Residents "Dig In"

Fairfield volunteers got down and dirty in honor of Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day by planting more than 100 trees at four schools. 

Community Design Studio

The Landscape Architecture Community Design Studio employs design activism to confront food uncertainty in Des Moines. During a public review of their work, students present DMARC executive director Sarai Schnucker Rice with the donations they collected. 

Latino Entrepreneurship

NBC's TODAY Show interviewed Extension CED assistant director Himar Hernandez in Ottumwa as part of a feature on growing Latino entrepreneurship in America.

Young Iowans Speak

Six ISU College of Design students captured the views and visions of young Iowans and created conceptual drawings, which they merged into a 4' by 8' mural.

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