Department of Landscape Architecture
http://www.design.iastate.edu/LA/

Programs Offered

GIS: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Landscape Architecture

New interactive technologies on the Web such as Google Maps, Google Earth or other Web 2.0 applications capable of geotagging information enables citizens to create their own personal maps of a community or specific place. Termed Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) this information can be used to by decision makers as they plan the future of a community.


Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program
Iowa Department of Transportation, Department of Landscape Architecture, Trees Forever

Provides professional landscape planning and design services to rural Iowa communities with populations under 10,000. Communities learn to employ participatory decision-making processes and implementation strategies, and each community receives a conceptual design plan that can be used to implement landscape and transportation enhancements. Past projects include transportation corridor enhancements, community signage, downtown streetscape improvements, recreational trail development, etc. Collaborating partners include Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture, Trees Forever.



Monitoring Recreational Trail Use
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Landscape Architecture

In order to make more informed decisions regarding developing new recreational trails or materials to promote trail use it is useful to know what trails are currently used most often, what time of day they are used and if there are any trails that are underutilized. To answer these questions, trail use monitors can be installed to count the number of users over a given period of time. This program is designed to provide assistance and equipment necessary to collect this information.