In a city that receives an annual average of 37.49 inches(1) of rainfall (and an especially rainy season this year with 46.68 inches since October 1(2)), storm water management is a critical design issue. Principal Alexandra Ramsden has been hard at work alongside Jennifer Barnes of 55-5 Consulting to develop a biomimicry-inspired framework to inform ways the built environment can address water flow-related ecosystem services. Their recent research is featured in the May 15th Sightline Daily, with the full publication, SeedKit, available through the UrbanGreenprint.

This Friday, Alexandra, Jennifer, and Weber Thompson’s Principal of Landscape Architecture Rachael Meyer will share their methodology for applying biomimicry to building and infrastructure design at the Living Future unConference. Their session, “Biomimicry, Stormwater, & Place: Designing to Emulate Your Local Ecosystem” will be an interactive overview of nature-inspired design that is applicable to a broad range of attendees.


Photo by Jared Kelly, used under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0,