Artful Rainwater Design: Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater
Stuart Echols, Eliza Pennypacker
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This beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide explains how to design creative, yet practical, landscapes that treat on-site stormwater management as an opportunity to enhance site design. Artful Rainwater Design has three main parts: first, the book outlines five amenity-focused goals that might be highlighted in a project: education, recreation, safety, public relations, and aesthetic appeal. Next, it focuses on techniques for ecologically sustainable stormwater management that complement the amenity goals. Finally, it features diverse case studies that show how designers around the country are implementing principles of artful rainwater design.
Artful Rainwater Design is a must-have resource for landscape architects, urban designers, civil engineers, and architects who won't let stormwater regulations cramp their style, and who understand that for a design to truly be sustainable, people must appreciate and love it. It is a tool for creating landscapes that celebrate rain for the life-giving resource it is—and contribute to more sustainable, healthy, and even fun, built environments.
construction costs and maintenance. • Promote healthy soils to increase rainwater filtration and absorption. – Designate limits of work on site to protect soils that adsorb, hold, and infiltrate rainwater. Achieving Utility with Artful Rainwater Design 99 – Restore soil porosity to compacted soils by rip-plowing and adding compost where soils have been degraded. – Protect areas that are particularly susceptible to erosion and sediment loss. – Select plants that have deep-rooted
in publications and visited more than fifty nationwide. So what distinguishes the twenty presented in this chapter from the rest? Celebration of rain was our number-one criterion for case study choice: Each of these projects tells a visual story that makes visitors aware of the importance of rain—to life, to regional character, to the earth itself. In fact, this is a fundamental criterion of Artful Rainwater Design: An ARD is not just a beautiful work of green infrastructure; by definition, an
holds rain after a storm. This designed tinaja discharges its water into a channel that defines the edge of a lawn used for performances. In all, a variety of water conditions of the desert are presented throughout this campus, providing extensive educational opportunities in this academic environment. All of the varied Artful Rainwater Design gestures here are front and center, providing many opportunities to see, pass by, sit near, touch, and enjoy. And the design’s thematic focus on
rainwater axis to dramatize the water trail (design and photograph: Kevin Perry). Figure 4.9. (right) Convenient location at the school’s entrance ensures plenty of educational opportunities focused on rain. Note the simple post and chain entry deterrent (design and photograph: Kevin Perry). 170 Artful Rainwater Design Robust plantings in the rain garden provide microhabitat for local fauna. Amenity For such a small and low-cost retrofit, the Mount Tabor Middle School Rain Garden gets high
exemplary model for other projects. • This project was designed with maintenance in mind. First, the planting plan is so robust (plants were installed 15 to 30 inches on center) that the occasional weed goes almost unnoticed, and the 2-footwide pea gravel corridor in the sunken garden not only visually links two rainwater entry points but also serves as an access pathway for maintenance crews, avoiding disturbance to plants or soil structure. And to allow the school to ease into the rain garden