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Dreiseitl, Herbert

Born - Died : 1955 - ?

Herbert Dreiseitl was born in Ulm, Germany. He studied at the Freie Waldorf Schule and the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, the Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft in Bonn-Alfter, the Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Holzbildhauer in Oberammergau and at the John Wilkes Virbella Flowform Insitute in England. He became a sculptor, in wood, and an art therapist in a drug rehabilitation centre. This gave him interests in the social role of art and in water. He founded the firm Atelier Dreiseitl in 1980, working as a landscape architect designing water sculptures and urban space. The firm places a special importance on the management of rainwater (surface water runoff) in a sustainable manner. As much as possible of the water which falls on roofs and on the ground is collected and biologically purified by storing it in a pond with a diverse flora and flora. The structures which duct and contain the water are modeled in the studio at a 1:1 scale before being cut in stone. The technique is innovative, for a landscape design office, and profoundly creative. Dreiseitl's best-known project, but not necessarily his best project, was for Berlin's Potsdammer Platz. It uses rainwater for flushing toilets, irrigation, floodwater protection and temperature moderation. The reed-planted embankment forms part of a biological and chemical water-purifying system.He has also worked on the Prisma in Nuremberg and and on Solar City in Linz. His book, Waterscapes: Planning, Building and Designing with Water was published by Birkhauser Verlag AG in 2001 - and should be on the shelf of every landscape architect concerned with urban design projects. New Waterscapes: Planning, Building and Designing with Water  was published in 2005 and  Recent Waterscapes was published in 2009, containing details of a wide portfolio of international projects. His work includes:
Tanner Springs Park, Portland USA
Green roof for Chicago City Hall, USA
Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore
Town hall square, Hattersheim, Germany


Gardens designed by Dreiseitl, Herbert