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The ideas behind the ideas, and what pictures don’t show.

Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

Babcock Ranch - The Hometown of Tomorrow

The Babcock Ranch lifestyle is based on the principles of smart growth and living a better life. This, along with its self-proclaimed “love affair with the land,” had the RVi team eager and excited at the opportunity to design a landscape that would bring preservation and restoration to the forefront. As landscape architects and stewards... Read Full Post

Urban Planning for Social Equity

By: Steve Noto & Patrick Murray Much like the New Urbanism push that has occurred over the last 25 years, designing communities for social equity has seen urban planning return to its original intentions from before the post-World War II suburban boom: building communities for all. One could strongly argue that the needs of communities... Read Full Post

Creating Community: Landscape design juxtaposes life's wavering journey with a promise of hope  

Valley Partnership, the Valley of the Sun’s premier advocacy group for responsible development, has been giving back to the community for over 30 years with the Annual Community Project. This year’s project benefitted The House of Refuge in Southeast Mesa, Arizona. A faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The House of Refuge is a 22-acre community that... Read Full Post

RVi gives back on National Public Lands Day

To help celebrate RVi’s 40th Anniversary, team members from across the country headed outdoors on Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), it is the largest single-day volunteer event for Public Lands and is one of only five days a year when entrance fees are waived... Read Full Post

Paving a Path for BTR Success in Florida Communities

Whether you call it Build-to-Rent (BTR) or Single-Family for Rent (SFFR), arguably the hottest new residential product in land development is still new to most municipalities across Florida. It doesn’t fit in established zoning categories and prompts fear of the unknown among neighbors and policymakers. RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture has led the first successful... Read Full Post

Community First! Village

Living the RVi Purpose at Community First! Village

When RVi team member Peter Dufrene and I set out on a cold January day to volunteer with The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Austin Branch at The Community First! Village, we were prepared to roll up our sleeves and pull some weeds. Our mission was accomplished, but by day’s end, we recognized that... Read Full Post

Four Peaks Recovery Mission Restores Hundreds of Native Cacti

As a proud Arizona native, I have always loved and appreciated the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. My family and I are avid outdoor enthusiasts and we often spend our free time off-roading, exploring new trails and camping. Over the years, one of our favorite areas has become the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, approximately 30 minutes... Read Full Post

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