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RVi’s Approach to Sustainable Design

RVi’s Approach to Sustainable Design Author: Karishma Joshi   Out of the eight planets in our solar system, Earth is the only habitable one, due to its rich, natural ecosystems and plethora of resources. But in today’s era, these ecosystems have been threatened due to years of human interference and resource depletion. Although these effects... Read Full Post

A Wetlands Community - Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch

A Wetlands Community – Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch Author: David Cosslett Embracing Florida’s wetlands adds a unique, natural element to resort-style housing community When people hear the term “resort-style living,” images of palm trees and sparkling pools against the backdrop of sunny skies typically come to mind. Wetlands, on the other hand, aren’t often synonymous... Read Full Post

Babcock Ranch - The Hometown of Tomorrow

Babcock Ranch – The Hometown of Tomorrow Author: Laurah Walker   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... Read Full Post

Balancing Urbanization and Sustainability: The Role Green Infrastructure Plays in Enhancing Modern Urban Development

Our cities are confronted with significant challenges as global temperatures continue to rise. The transition from the serene Texas hill country to bustling urban centers like Dallas, Houston, or Austin reveals a stark contrast in temperature. Unfortunately, natural phenomena like El Niño exacerbate this situation. Climate change is a global issue that necessitates a closer... Read Full Post

Getting to Green Infrastructure

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, the profession of landscape architecture is defined as “the science and art of design, planning, management, and stewardship of the land.” This succinct thirteen-word definition carries a broad interpretation that many of us, as practitioners, attribute to our jack-of-all-trades approach to land development in our daily work... Read Full Post

Water regulation in growing areas and their effect on development

As Florida’s population grows, so does the need for developments to support the population increase. While some areas in the state are dense and compressed already, there are other areas such as St. Cloud, in Central Florida, that have room to grow and adapt to today’s world of housing. RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture has... Read Full Post

Designing for North Carolina's charming & challenging landscape

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western North Carolina’s landscape has much to offer. With its lush forests, vibrant fall color and an abundance of rivers and waterfalls, it is difficult to grow tired of its charm. Connecting people with nature is the philosophy behind many of the unique designs in the area. What started... Read Full Post

Designing for Drought: Planning for a Water Responsible Future

Water and the American Southwest have long shared a tenuous relationship. It is no secret that water demand in desert cities like Phoenix cannot be met entirely from local sources and therefore, water must be imported from sources sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles away. These imported sources have historically provided an abundance of... Read Full Post

Karishma Joshi Contributes to New Book, Design for Sea Level Rise: Global Innovative Solutions

I am happy to share that I worked with Dr. Galen Newman, Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, on a yearlong project to document innovative design solutions applied worldwide to mitigate sea-level rise. The book, Design for Sea Level Rise: Global Innovative Solutions is authored by... Read Full Post

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