Community Design Lab

Rendering of Ames complete street componentsProgram Description

The Iowa State University Community Design Lab (CDL) partners with Iowa communities to create healthy places through innovative strategies ad tactics. A primary goal of CDL is to inform and engage community members in thoughtful and meaningful ways that encourage greater public participation in the design process and increased support and ownership of the project moving forward. This level of engagement extends into the investigative process, which involves active listening, as well as on-the-ground and explorative research to develop a rich inventory and analysis centered on user experience of the built environment. This analysis aids in the visualization of community goals and concerns to establish design frameworks, strategies, and master plans.

Delivery Method

Public participation, reports, stakeholder meetings, and visualizations such as master plans, renderings, and diagrams.

Target Audience

Communities, local governments, nonprofits, parks departments.


Determined by scope of project. Typical fees range from $5,000 to $25,000.

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