Designing Beautiful and Functional Urban Drainage Infrastructure

As urban drainages and stream corridors continue to be restored and developed into important amenities for urban dwellers in growing communities, drainage infrastructure—especially pipe structures, inlets, and outfalls–are popping up in high-profile places, and standard design approaches to these structures are not supportive of what city leaders envision for urban improvements and growth.

In addition, while great progress is being made in conveyance channels, drop structures, and water quality facilities, less attention is being paid to creating context-sensitive, multi-functional, aesthetically-pleasing features out of these types of structures. City leaders recognize that a perceived high quality of urban life makes a city thrive; or simply put, beautiful cities attract more people.

Join Forester University for this two-part educational webinar led by landscape architect and expert Jesse Clark, as he explains how both the experiential and material quality of the built environment matters greatly, and how high-quality infrastructure within cities leads to a higher quality of urban life.

In Part I we’ll present considerations for design, and describe a new paradigm for how we build our cities and drainage infrastructure. Then, in Part II, we’ll use recent Denver area project case studies to illustrate custom drainage features that challenge the status quo – some that blend in inconspicuously, and others that stand out as attractive and interactive design features.

This discussion will include the definition of sensitive contexts, general objectives for experiential and visual impacts, and technical issues to consider during design, including civil engineering and landscape architectural challenges and opportunities, a collaborative process for developing solutions, details of final designs, and keys to getting non-traditional outfalls approved.

Learning Objectives
After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Impart a perspective on the value of integrating and improving the multi-functional aspects of drainage infrastructure.
  • Encourage engineers, urban planners, designers, and managers of drainage infrastructure that the right approach complements and enhances the experiential and aesthetic qualities of our communities while “doing the work”.
  • Identify and define sensitive contexts for drainage infrastructure.
  • Identify objectives for experiential and visual impacts associated with drainage infrastructure.
  • Illustrate associated technical design considerations for multi-functional drainage infrastructure.
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Course Includes

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  • Course Certificate