"Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water" edited by Herbert Dreiseitl and Dieter Grau provides a comprehensive overview of innovative water-related projects throughout the world.
The editors argue: “Coping with ever greater amounts of stormwater run-off from increased urbanization and fierce heavy downpours does not mean endlessly multiplying the number and capacity of technical facilities such as water treatment plants and stormwater overflow basins. Rather, the networking of the city structure as an interactive infrastructure, publicly visible and also aesthetically attractive, is needed.”
If you are interested in sustainable, connected, mid-to-large scale, and attractive water management systems, this book will inspire and educate you.
The editors divided the projects into categories that range from urban parks to river restoration to interior design. If you are a landscape architect, urban designer, or planner in search of inspiration, you will be able to quickly find those projects most similar to your own. My favorite projects from "Recent Waterscapes" were Tanner Springs Park in Portland and the Three Rivers Master Plan for Pittsburgh. "Recent Waterscapes" is enjoyable to page through because large, color photographs accompany the projects’ descriptions.
Do you know how stormwater catchment systems, fountains, or splash pads work? The editors have included diagrams, schematics, and plans to explain the systems that underlay the designs. "Recent Waterscapes" is, therefore, an excellent reference for professionals and students alike. "Recent Waterscapes" is a valuable reference book that you will return to time and again.
What are your favorite waterscapes? Are there any waterscapes in your community that serve an environmental rather than purely decorative function? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.
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