Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2017.
Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2016. The award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.
From revitalizing Main Street and renovating a library to creating river trails and improving water quality, the possibilities for increasing local tourism and quality of life seemed limitless to Lyon County residents after viewing their county through the eyes of 28 Iowa State University design students.
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Christopher Seeger, ISU Extension landscape architect, is sharing his expertise on walkability and facilitated VGI (volunteer geographic information) with the community of La Crosse, Wisconsin, as part of that town's bike and pedestrian plan.
The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2018 program. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process. Only communities located within one mile of a state or federal highway will be selected.
Professor Christopher J. Seeger, PLA, GISP, is an Extension specialist in landscape architecture and geospatial technology. He is also the director of the Extension and Outreach Indicators Program.
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.
The Community Visioning Program integrates landscape planning and design with sustainable action to empower community leaders and volunteers in making sound, meaningful decisions about the local landscape. Communities work closely with technical experts from Trees Forever, a private-sector landscape architect, and the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture to create a transportation enhancement plan reflecting the values and identity of the community. Successful completion of the visioning process results in a transportation enhancement plan and implementation strategies that empower communities to build meaningful townscapes, step by step, as resources become available.
Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2019.