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

The Element of Anthropology in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is not just about knowing your plants, or designing a retaining wall, or being able to answer the age-old question, Why is my grass turning brown? (Please don’t ask us about your grass.) Inherent in the profession of landscape architecture is the need to understand how people live; the ability to recognize what... Read Full Post

Designing for an Uncertain Future

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt every aspect of our lives, at RVi we are coming to terms with the fact that the virus is also impacting the way we design community amenities. In early March, we were forging ahead with the design of amenity centers as though everything would soon return to normal.... Read Full Post

The Rise of Single Family for Rent

Through most of my professional career, I have considered myself a big picture designer. I never really dove into the weeds of design, but instead focused on the overall vision and concept of a project. That is, until we hit the great recession from 2007-2009. Coming out of the recession, infill developments were first to... Read Full Post

Keep Your Project Moving Forward with Virtual Site Visits

With the mountain of changes that are suddenly upon us due to COVID-19, the business world is turning to digital tools more quickly than we ever thought possible. Many of us are stepping outside our comfort zones to find new solutions. Virtual meetings are now the primary way that we are communicating with our teams,... Read Full Post

Planning for the Future of Goodnight Ranch

Owned by members of the Goodnight Family since the 1960s, this 700-acre ranch in southeast Austin has been transformed into a vibrant, walkable, tree-lined urban hub. The Goodnight Ranch neighborhood currently features a variety of housing options, parks and trails, an amenity center, and three AISD school sites. RVi was recently contracted by the Onion... Read Full Post

Got a Complex Site? 3D Digital Modeling Can Help

From urban infill to large acreage, project sites can pose a whole host of challenges for development teams. At RVi, we specialize in helping our clients and team members tackle these challenges and make informed decisions. RVi provided landscape architecture and professional 3D visualization services for Laurel Creek, a new affordable housing complex located on... Read Full Post

Introducing VIDA: Enhancing Physical and Social Energy in San Antonio

Situated at the doorstep of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, this new 600-acre master planned community will offer a dynamic combination of housing, entertainment, and recreation to San Antonio. VIDA, meaning life, will bring a spirit of learning, growing, and thriving to all who visit, work or call it home. On November 7th, 2019, SouthStar Communities... Read Full Post

The Details are the Design

Charles and Ray Eames were the O.G. rock stars of design. Graphic design, architecture, fine art, film, industrial design – they did it all. If, by chance, you don’t recognize their names, I’m certain you will recognize some of their work – including their chairs, which have stood the test of time and are still... Read Full Post