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Let the Kids do the Work

By: Christina Hughey Source   Imagine kids designing their own playgrounds. What kind of things do you think they would include? A giant slide? Tunnels for days? How unique these playgrounds would be! Although not as common, it has been done before and its possible for kids to...

Braille Trails and Accessible Outdoor Spaces

By: Christina Hughey Cispus Braille Trail   Most people enjoy going on a walk outside to relax, especially in the spring and fall season. Unfortunately, not every trail is accessible for everyone, often when thinking about accessibility people often think of accessibility for wheelchairs. More places need to...

Have a Backyard Wedding

By: Christina Hughey It’s wedding season prime time. In fact, I am getting married in October. Something we really wanted to do but couldn’t was an outdoor wedding. Many couples right now are taking their vows in their own backyards. Backyard weddings are intimate and unique...

Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative

By: Christina Hughey If you haven’t heard yet St. Louis is a part of the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative. Just six cities were chosen to receive technical assistance as well as grants. St. Louis was chosen because the city expressed dedication and commitment for connecting children...

Thomas Dolliver Church Designs

By: Christina Hughey What are the first things that come to mind when thinking of summer time? For many swimming and gardens is the first things that comes to mind. Some of America’s greatest gardens and swimming pools were designed by Thomas Dolliver Church. Church was...

Modern Playgrounds

By: Christina Hughey   Playgrounds have changed a lot over the years. There is plenty of differences in materials, safety factors (playgrounds are made much safer now), differences in the activities allowed on the playground, and differences in the shapes of the playground.  The design opportunities are...

Sustainable Design (SITES/LEED)

By: Christina Hughey SITES Landscape at the University of Texas   Sustainable design has never been more important. There is some mis consumption that just because a building is green that its sustainable but that is not always the case. Luckily there has been a couple good guides...

Welcome Mimi Lo

DG2 Design is excited to welcome Mimi Lo as our new designer. Mimi Lo graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture in 2018. She has a passion for creating public spaces in the urban environment. She also believes that great...

Supporting Watershed Nature Center

By: Christina Hughey The Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, Illinois is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats. The center features paved walking trails, a raised marsh walk, and a welcome center. The Watershed is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation,...

10 Tips for Trail Design

There is a lot that goes into trail design. In previous blogs I have talked about the importance of trails in communities and designing for trail sustainability but there is a lot more that goes into the design of trails. Here are 10 important tips...