The David Rubin Land Collective is an empathetic design firm, the company's founder told the Fort Wayne City Council Tuesday.
"We problem-solve on behalf of others and their constituents – namely you and your constituents – toward a successful resolution," David Rubin, principal of David Rubin Land Collective told the council. "Landscape for us is this broad horizon view, this notion that it is comprised of a spectrum of people."
After about 45 minutes of presentations and questioning, council unanimously approved a $2.4 million contract with the Land Collective for design and planning work for phases 2 and 3 of Fort Wayne's downtown riverfront development. The Land Collective is responsible for providing schematic designs for infrastructure, flood mitigation and environmental solutions for private and public investment in the area. Designs and construction documents for public space improvements and along the edge of the St. Marys River are also included in the contract.
Rubin said the firm's goals are to create public improvements along the river edges that improve access, providing "functional and wonderful" spaces along the way. The other goal, Rubin said, is to encourage private development and work within the constraints and challenges of a river.