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FREE Rain Garden Class

“Sustainable Low Impact Development Design; Global to Local, Macro to Micro”

St. Marys School Building, 611  20th Ave. South (look for signs to classroom)

November 17th,  2 pm to 4 pm

RSVP.  [email protected]  NOTE: You do not have to RSVP to take the class but it allows me to know how many to plan for.


In this class you will learn about Low Impact Development Design elements integrated in wholisitic place making featuring built examples of innovative cutting edge greenroofs and stormwater conveyance system designs and techniques in the western Harbor (Vasta hamen) and the Green Roof Institute, Malmo, Sweden, High Point Development and SEA Streets Seattle, Washington.

You will learn about various technical design details and best management practices to design and implement successful various Low Impact Development Design stormwater conveyance systems.

You will learn Rain Garden design and construction details from viewing photographs of a “hands on” design/build rain garden charrette and installation.


Water is not just a resource but a force whose energy and spirit waits to be rediscovered as a ribbon unifying and linking. Its spirit emulates this and become the dominant Genus Loci serving as a nexus embracing all site elements, natural and manmade. Re-uniting rainwater; with groundwater; with river water, oceans and lakes in hierarchical ribbons, form a water conveyance system tapestry, adding cultural capital, providing a bonding life experience of community placemaking to sites natural and manmade elements.


This class will cover the “macro” definition of sustainable Low Impact Development design strategies. These strategies emphasize conservation and use of natural site features integrated with distributed, small scale stormwater controls that closely mimic natural pre-development hydrologic patterns in residential, commercial and industrial site development. This book shows the symbiotic relationship of these strategies nested in a series of hierarchical concepts of global sustainable low impact development design’s fostering a nexus between man and nature in an urban context. Knowledge and understanding of dynamic low impact development design and its placemaking opportunities globally, regionally, in your city, and in your neighborhood will be presented.

This class will cover the “micro” technological design/build aspects of rain garden design, a foundation of these Low Impact Development stormwater control “tools” as required by many government jurisdictions to protect ground and surface water impacted by development.

This class presents what you are ultimately trying to achieve. And through pictorial examples answers the questions by; defining terms, showing a Low Impact Development Palette of techniques and presents Low Impact Development as functional place making.


The western Harbor Area (Vastra hamen) sustainable city district is Malmo, Sweden’s “city for people and the environment”. Photographic examples of sustainable urban design whose place making constructs is created by sustainable Low Impact Development technology shows examples of a hierarchical scale of public and private spaces with Low Impact Development as their primary design construct. These photographic examples of low impact development city/waterfront interface show the flow of water from the headwaters of a bio-swale and its journey to the sea. This class includes a presentation of Augustenborg, Malmo Sweden’s Botanical Green Roof Garden of the Green Roof Institute. The class captures a global sense of sustainable design by presenting examples of living roofs featuring’ Roof gardens capturing lost urban habitat and lost green space while mitigating for carbon and building energy loss, Roof gardens integration of alternative energy systems, Roof Garden opportunities for urban agriculture, Roof garden place making, and Roof gardens plant palettes.


This class includes a presentation of Seattle, Washington’s Residential High Point Development low impact development’s stormwater drainage techniques. High Point is an extensive network of low impact development techniques woven together in public streetscapes and private open space, a model of greening mixed income medium density residential with low impact development stormwater infrastructure. Included is a presentation of Seattle, Washington’s ‘SEA Streets low impact development streetscape design; curb less street edge alternatives to traditional stormwater infrastructure, innovative storm water drainage improvements as public infrastructure, and Community interface.


The Design/Build Rain Garden Design and Construction presentation includes; a an extensive presentation of the technical details of designing and building a rain garden through a pictorial depiction of the authors low impact development design/design build class as taught through Sustainable Seattle, in Seattle Washington, US. This class documentation includes; detailed technical examples of a Low Impact Design Rain Garden design techniques that include; site assessment, soil analysis, site hydrology, site mapping & analysis, site planning & layout, site planting design, construction, and maintenance


The rain running off our roofs, roads and yards is the biggest source of pollution.  We all contribute to this pollution, and we can all help solve this problem by applying Low Impact Development techniques that slow the runoff down and treat the water.  This book introduces and inspires you to creative Low Impact Development and gives you an example of a hands-on experience building a basic rainwater treatment facility, the rain garden.

This class covers what sustainable Low Impact Development design is, what it means to you and its context in the neighborhood, city, regionally, nationally and globally, and its nexus with the in line rain garden design concept.


Class teacher Bio.


Paul Byron Crane ASLA, BLA, MA, Landscape Architect,

I have traveled internationally to explore and document (photography, sketches, stakeholder interviews.) built examples of sustainable design and have engaged local designers and government representatives in a discussion of their sustainable design development (Denmark, Sweden, England, and Japan).I am a member of the Cascadia and U.S. Green Building Councils that have provided a wealth of instruction for sustainable design. By meeting, discussing and touring sustainable developments with stakeholders associated with sustainable design, weaves my rich tapestry of knowledge concerning both regional, national and international emerging design opportunities, enabling me to obtain a robust, broad, contextual  understanding of the cultural, economic and political aspects of “Green Development”. Site’s visited include: the Western Harbor of Malmo Sweden, Green roof’s of Augustenborg, Malmo Sweden, Green Architecture of Copenhagen Denmark, Bed-ZED, Wallington,  South London, England, Meeting and tour with the Faculty of the University of Tokyo Center for Sustainable Urban Regeneration, Tokyo, Japan, Coal Harbor and new Convention Center expansion, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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