DG2 Design

A SPOOKY REFLECTION OF OUR SOCIETY?

By Brad Priest   One of the most powerful things a designed landscape can do is to elicit emotional reactions in its visitors. Often the user response is meant to be positive, as people obviously enjoy spending time outdoors in spaces that make them feel good most...

Post-Industrial Landscape Design

By Mimi Lo   I personally am always attracted by post-industrial sites. The potential on sites where people built up factories and finally decided to close it for different reasons, leaving entire campus became an abandoned space, is great. The structures can be reused and developed with...

From Llamas to Masterplans

Design trends are constantly changing, but one thing that is certain, is that outdoor venues with intimate gathering spaces and smaller architecture dwellings have become the top choice for events, weddings and photo shoots. (image source) Ces and Judy's Catering company bought what was once a llama...

The School of the Future Has No Roof

By: Christina Hughey The school of the future has no roof. Many schools have incorporated an outdoor classroom, but now some schools (particularly preschools and kindergartens) are taking this concept a step further. Some school programs are now entirely outside. Rain or shine. These schools became...

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...