A meandering pathway leads visitors over a wetland, above native plants, and to the doors of the new Stevens Creek Nature Preserve.
A life-size topographical map draws attention to the contours of the earth beneath the city’s grid.
A collaboration between the rainfall and the built environment, Rain Ravine fulfills one of the petals of the Living Building Challenge.
Arkansas Rain Garden
Parking lots take up a great deal of the real estate in our built world. Most of the time, these expanses of concrete or asphalt remain unused by cars. Can we design parking lots to better job at sharing the landscape with nature?
Calendar of Rain
Every day of precipitation is captured in a bottle and placed back into the calendar.
Every time the Schuylkill Center gets 1" of rain, Rain Yard captures and slows over 3,000 gallons of water. With the average of 40" of rain Philadelphia gets per year, it captures and slows nearly 100,000 gallons.
Ridge & Valley
This stone map articulates the flow of the local watershed, giving Penn State University students and the community a sense of how water flows in this area.
Springside Rain Wall & Garden
In the pattern of tributaries, the blue roof gutters carry the storm water into the rain garden.
The water creates a bridge across the street and shows the flow of rain water and waste water under the street flowing down east to the river.
Engineered to Drain
Solar lights map the flow of rainwater off the Staten Island Landfill
Roof water pours down the front of the building. Swirling patterns of hydrology evoke the sense of rain even when dry.