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ASLA Nebraska/Dakotas Announces Recipients of 2021 Design Awards

New North Makerhood - Omaha
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La Vista Civic Space Design
La Vista Civic Space Design
OMAHA, NE — The Nebraska/Dakotas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA Nebraska/Dakotas Chapter) has recognized RDG Planning & Design with two 2021 ASLA Chapter Awards in Nebraska. Held annually, this awards program honors organizations and individuals who demonstrate superior skill in the practice or study of landscape architecture and whose contributions have positively impacted the communities in which they work. Awards are given in the following categories: Design (Built), Design (Unbuilt), Planning and Analysis, Research, Communication, and Residential (Built).

“We’re grateful that clients and communities trust us to help them dream of new possibilities for their built environment. It’s a fun and fulfilling process for us,” said Landscape Architect Kene Okigbo, PLA. “We’re truly honored by the recognition of these awards, but more importantly, we’re excited about the opportunity to elevate these projects and partners who trust us with the vision for their future.”

The RDG projects honored include the New North Makerhood - Omaha (Honor Award, Design Unbuilt) and the La Vista Civic Space Design (Merit Award, Design Unbuilt).

RDG’s design for the New North Makerhood in Omaha, Nebraska, envisions the transformation of a heavily industrial site into a place where artists can create community with one another. The current site, located in Omaha’s North Downtown, is surrounded by aging industrial facilities and new mixed-use developments. Working alongside Future Forward, the nonprofit leading the creation of the New North Makerhood, the design aims to increase the presence of Omaha’s artists by establishing a place that becomes an incubator for young talent.

The City of La Vista, Nebraska, is working to create its first-ever downtown, known as City Centre. RDG’s design for the public spaces within this urban development establishes a vision for the interface between Central Park and City Centre, an important nexus for the future of La Vista. The design for La Vista Civic Space creates three multi-purpose and layered gathering areas, wrapping around the perimeter of The Astro, an indoor-outdoor music venue being built by a private developer, and merging experiences to create a cohesive relationship between the park and downtown.

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The ASLA Nebraska/Dakotas Chapter unites Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota and seeks to expand the profession of landscape architecture throughout the region.

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