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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.

New Proposed Location for Dougherty Arts Center Approved by City Council

Serving as Austin’s most cherished community arts center for 40 years, the mission of the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) is to support emerging through established artists who create, showcase, and experience the arts first-hand. However, the more than 70-year-old former U.S. Navy and Marine reserve facility that houses the art center was deemed “beyond repair”... Read Full Post

A Greener Childhood Can Lead To Happier Adulthood

It’s known that nature is good for us but its precise impact on our well-being can be challenging to articulate. An important new study from Aarhus University in Denmark found that when children grow up surrounded by green space, they have up to 55% less risk of developing a wide range of mental health problems... Read Full Post

Below the Surface: The Hidden Functionality of Amenity Lakes

They say everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. Mine came this month when I was interviewed by our local PBS station, KLRU, for their Decibel program. This particular segment focused on Austin’s Water Pressures, and for my part we focused on how stormwater is handled at Mueller through a series of water quality ponds.... Read Full Post

On the Boards: 3E Park at The Woodlands Hills

RVi is in the midst of working on one of the first neighborhood parks within the newest master planned community being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation and its subsidiary, The Woodlands Development Company – The Woodlands Hills. The 2,000-acre community, located thirteen miles north of The Woodlands, will feature open spaces with rolling terrain... Read Full Post

Homestead Park at Headwaters Earns ASLA Honor Award

“Powerful demonstration of a restrained approach to design. Jury members were fascinated by the project and found the process remarkable. Simplicity at its finest. The landscape architect’s understanding and respect for the architecture was beautiful.” – 2019 ASLA Awards Jury On the heels of several regional and national awards for the community overall, this month... Read Full Post

Headwaters Wins Gold at Nationals for Best Landscape Design

We are excited to announce that RVi client Freehold Communities accepted the Best Landscape Design Gold Nationals Award for Headwaters, a master planned community in Dripping Springs, Texas. The awards were announced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the Nationals Gala on February 19th in Las Vegas. Located in Dripping Springs at... Read Full Post

RVi Projects Honored with 2019 Silver Nationals Awards

We are excited to announce that three RVi projects have won Silver Nationals Awards from the National Association of Homebuilders and are each finalists for the Gold Award, which will be announced and presented at The Nationals Gala on February 19th in Las Vegas. Chris Crawford, President, and Patrick Smith, Director of Landscape Architecture, will... Read Full Post

Vineyard Park: A “Grape” Success for Rancho Sienna

Rancho Sienna, Newland Communities’ thriving new master planned community near Georgetown, TX, delivered another unique amenity to residents by opening the gates to Vineyard Park this past month. Offering scenic Hill Country views, the park serves as a friendly community gathering spot and is home to a white grape vineyard, olive grove, and herb garden.... Read Full Post

Vanbrooke Blends Rich History with World-Class Amenities

RVi is proud to be partnering with Land Tejas on one of their newest communities. Designed to be reminiscent of the Texas Hill Country and Fort Bend County’s rich history, Vanbrooke is an approximately 250-acre master-planned community located along Highway 359 between the towns of Brookshire & Fulshear in Fort Bend County, Texas. The developer,... Read Full Post