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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.

The Process Behind Creative Design

As planners and landscape architects, our clients come to us for big ideas that will set the course for development of their projects. Because our design is inextricably tied to the land itself and the surrounding context, each project is different from the last and each project presents new challenges to be addressed. So with... Read Full Post

8 Key Principles for Successful Master Planned Communities

Since opening our doors in Austin in 1982, RVi has been involved in designing many types of master planned communities. In retrospect, we’ve weathered the ups and the downs of a sometimes volatile real estate market and we’ve seen residential development trends come and go.  We’ve also observed that a number of the planning principles... Read Full Post

ULI Spring Council Forum Recap

Fresh off his trip to Charlotte, NC for the Spring Council Forum, we sat down with Bob Richardson to get a renewed perspective on the residential community market. Bob is a member of the ULI Community Development Council, which focuses on master planned community developments. “One of the recurring themes I have been hearing is how important a community’s website is... Read Full Post

Client Profile: Curtis Davidson

This month, we sat down with RVi client Curtis Davidson of Cadence Development to discuss his firm’s unique business model and how they have successfully adjusted their core services to take advantage of the changing real estate market. Curtis has led many successful development ventures in Austin and throughout the United States – from the... Read Full Post

So...You Want a Waterfall? Building Consensus for Public Projects

Over the past three decades, RVi has been involved in dozens of projects that have both required and benefited from the public input process.  During this time, we have strengthened our understanding of the process and refined our techniques.  As RVi approaches its 30th anniversary, we decided to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned and... Read Full Post

Client Spotlight: Shaun Cranston

This month we sat down with RVi client Shaun Cranston to talk about his vision for 2012 and predictions for growth in Central Texas. As Austin Vice President of Operations for Brookfield Residential Properties, Inc., Shaun led Brookfield’s entrance into the Central Texas market in 2004, and is spearheading the company’s growth throughout the area. With one... Read Full Post

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