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Artful Rainwater Design: Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater

GBCI: 0920006114

This self-paced reading activity explores the planning and design of artful rainwater sites.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

Published on: February 12, 2016

Average: 3.8 (40 votes)


In this one-hour reading-based course, the design professional will consider Artful Rainwater Design (ARD) as a rewarding approach to sustainable stormwater management that honors water as a precious, life-giving, and inspiring resource. Learn about the evolution of how rain has been managed through the ages, and how ARD has emerged as an elegant solution which considers rain to be a valuable resource, worthy of experience and celebration, not a waste product. Consider 5 axioms for planning and designing artful rainwater sites to maintain the utility of the stormwater management system, without neglecting the landscape’s attractiveness or value. Evaluate a case study of ARD in practice to stimulate interest in these principles and to inspire your own designs. Conclude with an overview of what is now possible through ARD from a utility and amenity perspective.

This reading based online course offers reading excerpts from the book Artful Rainwater Design by Stuart Echols and Eliza Pennypacker, a must-have resource for landscape architects, urban designers, civil engineers, and architects who understand that for a design to truly be sustainable, people must appreciate and love it.

The course readings can be found under the Additional Resources section.


  1. Explain the challenges and benefits of Artful Rainwater Design (ARD).
  2. Articulate why amenity, in addition to utility, should be considered in sustainable stormwater management.
  3. Evaluate ARD as a strategy to manage small storms and first flush on site.
  4. Explain the 5 ARD utility axioms.
  5. Transform perception of rainwater from waste product to resource.
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Island Press
Washington, DC
United States


Stuart Echols
Eliza Pennypacker
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