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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.

Top 3 priorities of amenity center design

By Sergio Yamada Sergio Yamada is a Project Director in the RVi Scottsdale office. With more than 25 years of experience (24 years in the U.S. and three in Argentina), Yamada has in-depth knowledge of infusing creativity in a budget-friendly way, while meeting client goals through amenity centers. When it comes to design and development,... Read Full Post

Activating Spaces on Two Wheels: The impact of bike-centric communities on residents, the environment, and the economy

Every fall, hundreds of bike enthusiasts watch as the world’s top freeride mountain bikers drop from 50-foot cliffs, launch across 70-foot canyon gaps, and perform an array of flips and tricks. The Red Bull Rampage competition has become one of the biggest events in the biking community. In 2023, the event was held just outside... Read Full Post

RVi’s Approach to Sustainable Design

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 have been enormously reflected in climate change, and it... 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

Landscape Architecture is a Balance of Art and Science

By Ryan Seacrist In a groundbreaking development earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially recognized Landscape Architecture as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) discipline. Championed by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), this designation showcases the pivotal role that Landscape Architecture plays in creating vibrant communities, tackling climate change, and... Read Full Post

Connecting Stories, Pattern, Form, and Density

As humans, we are wired to love a good story. Stories connect us to each other and the world around us, and they have the power to inspire and captivate us. It is no wonder that the best designers in the world always tell compelling stories in their work. Jobs, Disney, and Wright, to name... 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

Encouraging Healthy Communities through Walkability

I am proud to celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month by highlighting the positive impact of landscape architecture design on our communities. As professionals in this field, we possess a remarkable capacity to craft outdoor spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional, promoting thriving and healthy communities. An essential aspect of this process is prioritizing... Read Full Post