Webinar: Using Trees and Soils to Manage Urban Stormwater

Webinar - Using trees and soils to manage stormwaterA recording of last month’s webinar, with guest speaker James Urban, FASLA, is now up on our YouTube channel. The topic is Using Trees and Soils in Urban Stormwater Management.”

The treatment and storage of urban stormwater is a hot topic in the design professions and increasingly drives large scale design issues. Trees are often seen as a critical part of the design and concept, but the details of bringing together trees, urban soils, and highly controlled water flows requires training and experience that is not typically included in landscape architecture courses. Even civil engineering, a profession that specializes in taking water away from sites as fast as possible, does not always offer adequate training in how to use soil and plants to slow water and filter contaminants.

This session looks at the most frequent mistakes we are making in bringing together storm water with trees in dense urban areas. We will explore a set of “first principles” that must be incorporated before the aesthetic part of the design can be developed. These principles will fundamentally alter the aesthetic of the site and will provide a new framework for designers who are seeking to have form truly follow function. Watch the webinar here.

Quickly, though, a disclaimer: literally as the webinar was beginning, our service provider experienced a massive service disruption. Hundreds of people were unable to join the webinar, or had audio but no video, as a result. So while the recording of the webinar worked just fine, you will have to suffer through hearing us address those technical difficulties as a few different points during the presentation. Our apologies. Jim still did a fabulous job, and despite the glitches I think it’s one of the best webinars we’ve had yet. For those of who were able to log in as expected, thanks for your patience during the the technical difficulties.

If you’d like to download Jim’s presentation deck, you can do so here.

For more videos on green infrastructure topics, please check out our “Webinars & Tutorials” playlist on YouTube.

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