The Community Design Lab partners with communities and organizations, combining local knowledge and design research expertise, to create equity and resilience through inclusive, transferable, innovative strategies and tactics.

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Visions for Capitol East

Des Moines’ Capitol East neighborhood is one of three neighborhoods on the east bank of the Des Moines River that have recently gone through the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program. It is part of the Viva East Bank! neighborhood coalition along …

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Des Moines

Neighborhood Network Design with Policy Change

Phase One : Des Moines is a vibrant city, with numerous strong grassroots food initiatives making large strides, particularly in terms of organization, production and distribution. As we continue to work with Des Moines, …

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Cedar Rapids

Comprehensive City Food System Plan and Catalyst Projects

Phase One : Cedar Rapids has progressive policies in place that facilitate local food production and food-based business development. This city will capture the creation of a comprehensive food systems plan for …