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What is Artful Rainwater Design?

“Artful rainwater design” is based on the premise that new stormwater management techniques focusing on non-point source pollution, water balance, and small storm hydrology can also be used to create new site amenities.

Most simply put, Artful Rainwater Design is sustainable stormwater management that celebrates rain.

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Eliza Pennypacker

Eliza Pennypacker

Eliza Pennypacker has been a faculty member in Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture since 1982.  Pennypacker's research and teaching about the roots and significance of middle class American landscape taste led her to realize that ecological landscapes must also function aesthetically if they are to be valued and sustained.  This commitment, in turn, led to commingling her focus on landscape aesthetics in sustainable design with Echols' focus on stormwater management in their study of “Artful Rainwater Design” (ARD). This approach to stormwater management in landscapes as both utility and as amenity is consistently informed and expanded by their work with students at Penn State.

Stuart Echols

Stuart Echols

Stuart Echols is an associate professor of Landscape Architecture at Penn State whose fascination with surface water systems led to his teaching focus in stormwater management.  When stormwater regulations evolved to treat what is known as “first flush” (the initial, dirtiest runoff), he recognized that this treatment strategy has resulted in subtle but significant changes to urban form.  This interest, in turn, led to commingling his focus on changing stormwater management techniques with Pennypacker's interest in the aesthetics of sustainable landscapes in their study of “Artful Rainwater Design” (ARD).  This approach to stormwater management in landscapes as both utility and as amenity is consistently informed and expanded by their work with students at Penn State.