"The future depends upon design, and designers need to understand how important their role is in building that future." Iowa Women in Architecture - in collaboration with AIA Iowa, Iowa ASLA, IIDA Great Plains and Iowa State University, recently hosted national speaker and Futurist, David Zach on the trends and traditions affecting design and the roles that architects, designers and planners can have over the next ten years. Several members of the Genus Team were able to go to this insightful lecture on what the possibilities are for the future of the design professions.
Genus is pleased to host local Des Moines Photographer, Jack Coyier, as part of our featured Artist series aimed to highlight and recognize Iowa artists. Make sure to stop by the office (325 E. Fifth Street) and check out his thought-provoking photographs inside. And stay tuned for updates on our next artist coming in April!
Congratulations to Jack Coyier and Brian Abeling (a former local artist featured at Genus) for their photography in the Des Moines Art Center Exhibition titled "Community Photography Showcase: Street Photography." A Community Celebration was held on Thursday night where it featured Coyier, Abeling, and other local artists. The Exhibit is in concert with the exhibition "Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens" and will be open to the public through January 3rd. Check out photos from the Exhibit here!
Last week Genus team members attended a workshop on ARTPLACE AMERICA’s National Creative Placemaking Fund program at the Des Moines Social Club. This competitive grant program provides funding and guidance to arts and culture planning and development projects that seek to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. If you are interested in incorporating creative place making strategies in your community, please contact us.
Genus is proud to have co-sponsored a table with FEH Design at the 2016 Young Professionals Connection Gala this past weekend, where our associate Paige Hubbard was recognized as the Marketing Committee Member of the Year, and Abby Rodewald was officially welcomed as the 2017 YPC President. We are proud of these two and all the other young professionals who are greatly impacting our community. We look forward to another amazing year ahead of us.
The design team, led by Genus Landscape Architects, received approval from the City of Iowa City to move forward on the next phases of design for a major renovation of the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City. Improvements will include utility upgrades, functional and accent lighting updates, new paving, as well as a permanent stage canopy and performance area. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.
Wishing you lots of Holiday Cheer. Genus celebrated the upcoming Holiday Season at the 4th annual Champagne and Chocolate Holiday Exhibition at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden! Thanks to the GDMBG for hosting a phenomenal event and to the Trellis Cafe for an amazing meal.
Genus is always looking for ways to improve our understanding of the built environment. Our most recent learning experience included a trip to one of our projects currently under construction for some hands on learning.